10 Interesting Iditarod Facts

Friday, April 4th 2014. | Events

If you want to know one of the unique races in the world, read Iditarod facts. Iditarod becomes one of the unique attractions in some countries in the world. People love to see the race on the snowy region.  The first race of Iditarod occurred on 3rd March 1973. Find out more about this race in the following facts below:

Iditarod Facts 1: Susan Butcher

Susan Butcher is the woman who broke the record of Rick Swenson. This woman completed the race in 1986 in only 11 days, 15 hours and 6 minutes. She traveled along the northern route in 1049+ miles.

Iditarod Facts 2: Doug Swingley

Doug Swingley who came from Sims, Montana broke the previous record in 1995.  This man completed the Iditarod race for 9 days, 2 hours, 42 minutes and 19 second for 1150+ miles. He was famous as the first musher outside Alaska.

Iditarod Dogs

Iditarod Dogs

Iditarod Facts 3: Martin Buser

Another man who broke the previous record is Martin Buser. This man was the winner in 2002 Iditarod race since he finished the race in 8 days, 22 hours and 46 minutes and 2 seconds.

Iditarod Facts 4: Carl Huntington

In 1974, the winner of the Iditarod race with the slower winning time was Carl Huntington. He completed the race in 20 days, 15 hours, 2 minutes and 7 seconds.

Iditarod facts

Iditarod facts

Iditarod Facts 5: dogs

The Iditarod race is always associated with dogs since the tool will be pulled out by the dogs. The teams will have 16 dogs. So it means that there are 1000 dogs leaving their home to race in the Anchorage of Nome.

Iditarod Facts 6: checkpoints

Iditarod race is not an easy game to do. You need to pass 27 checkpoints during the race. The first checkpoint is located in Anchorage. The last checkpoint is placed in Nome.

Iditarod Image

Iditarod Image

Iditarod Facts 7: mushers

The race of Iditarod in 2004 was very surprising. In a single race, there were 77 mushers completed the race.

Iditarod Facts 8: a red lantern

If you like to participate in an Iditarod race, you can go to Alaska. The musher who can finish the last will be awarded with a red lantern. Celeste Davis is considered as the fastest red lantern musher. He did it in 13 days 5 hours, 8 minutes and 40 seconds.

Iditarod Race

Iditarod Race

Iditarod Facts 9: The Last Great Race

The Last Great Race is the title given to Rick Swenson.  He is the only five time winner of Iditarod. He was the winner in the race in 1977, 1979, 1981, 1982 and 1991.

Iditarod Facts 10: Dallas Seavey

The younger musher is Dallas Seavey. This young boy was only 18 years old when he participated in the race on 4th March 2005.



Col. Norman Vaughan was the oldest musher. He finished on the race four times. Do you want to comment on facts about Iditarod?

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