Alaska Sled Dog Race
With tongues hanging and gasping for breath, twelve sled dogs race down a trail in the International Sled Dog race in Anchorage, Alaska. The race pits sprint mushing teams against each other over three days of the same 25-mile route for a total of 75 miles. Some of the most common breeds of sled dogs are Alaskan husky, Alaskan malamute, Canadian Eskimo, Chinook, Samoyed and Siberian husky. The Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race is an annual long-distance sled dog race run in early March from Anchorage to Nome, Alaska. Mushers and a team of 16 dogs, of which at least 5 must be on the towline at the finish line, cover the distance in 8–15 days or more. The Iditarod began in 1973 as an event to test the best sled dog mushers and teams but evolved into today's highly competitive race. In 2017, at the age of 57, Mitch Seavey, was the oldest and fastest person ever to win the race, crossing the line in Nome in 8 days, 3 hours, 40 minutes and 13 seconds.