In less than 24 hours, 52 dog teams will depart Anchorage’s Fourth Avenue for the Ceremonial Start of Iditarod 2019. I’ve covered this race’s auspicious beginnings since 2007, and every year is full of crazy excitement, both canine and human.
Iditarod is tradition and lifestyle all wrapped up in a thousand dog booties, and we love every second; so perhaps it’s not at all unusual that I share Ceremonial Start day with families all around the world.
This year, our Iditarod celebrations go a step further, with the addition of the Alaska On the Go podcast, a new platform cohosted by my good pal James Gaddis, a multi-media journalist and former broadcaster who knows how to tell great stories. We launched our first episode earlier this week under the topic of “Best places to watch the Ceremonial Start with kids” and we think it’s pretty great. So give a listen, HERE, and be sure to check back every other week for new episodes (you can find them at the bottom of the AKontheGO home page). Subscribe via Stitcher, Pocket Cast, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Breaker, and RadioPublic.
Also – take a look at my annual Iditarod Scavenger Hunt – it’s a fun way to keep kids engaged in what’s going on around them, no matter the venue at which you view the race.
I’ll look for you at the end of the Ceremonial Start trail, somewhere in the beautiful forests of the Campbell Tract. Weather looks to be good, temperatures very manageable for people (might be warm for those dogs), so pack a picnic, load up the skis or fat bikes, and get on out there for Iditarod 2019!