Pop Culture dictionary Iditarod or Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race [ ahy-dih-tuh-rod ] March 1, 2021 What is the Iditarod? The Iditarod is an annual sled dog race in Alaska run on what’s known as the Iditarod Trail. It is the longest annual sled dog race in the world. The length of the trail is usually around 1,000 miles. The trail varies but traditionally runs between the Alaskan cities of Anchorage and Nome. Racers, known as mushers, race with a team of 14 sled dogs that pull their dogsled. The winner of the race usually finishes in eight or nine days. Mushers stop at checkpoints along the way to rest, gather supplies, treat injuries, or repair damage to their sled, and veterinarians are posted at checkpoints throughout the trail to care for injured dogs. Many dogs have died during the Iditarod. The Iditarod is nicknamed The Last Great Race. ⚡️When is the Iditarod?The Iditarod begins each year on the first Saturday in March. The 2023 Iditarod begins on March 4. The 2024 Iditarod is scheduled to start on March 2, 2024. Related words doggo, dog walk Where does Iditarod come from? In 1967, a sled dog race was proposed to mark the 100th anniversary of Alaska becoming a United States territory. The race was planned to be run on the Iditarod Trail, which had been a route to the town of Iditarod during the Alaskan gold rush that started in the late 1800s. The first two Iditarod races were only about 50 miles long. The modern version of the race began in 1973, with the finish line moved to Nome. Examples of Iditarod BREAKING: Mitch Seavey, 57, becomes oldest musher to win nearly 1,000-mile Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race across Alaska. @AP, March 14, 2017 Pete Kaiser is the first musher under the burled arch and wins the 47th Iditarod, becoming the first Yup’ik and first Alaskan Native to win since 2011! Welcome to Nome, what color truck you getting?! @oshanada, March 13, 2019 The 1985 Iditarod was atypical. Bad weather forced race officials to stop the competition twice because it was impossible for aircraft to deliver the dogs’ food to more distant checkpoints. Consequently, mushers had to huddle together at checkpoints, seek out the homes of gracious backwoods friends, or remain in the cold. Alice George, e , March 11, 2020 SEE MORE EXAMPLES More information and context on Iditarod Did you know … ? It is a tradition of the Iditarod to keep a lantern lit at the finish line until the final musher completes the race. The race’s last-place finisher is awarded a similar lantern. In 1985, musher Libby Riddles became the first woman to win the Iditarod. What are other words used in discussion of the Iditarod? sled dog dogsled musher race Alaska trail Just Added Black Music Appreciation Month, Older Americans Month, Mental Health Awareness Month, Jewish American Heritage Month, Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month Note This is not meant to be a formal definition of Iditarod like most terms we define on Dictionary.com, but is rather an informal word summary that hopefully touches upon the key aspects of the meaning and usage of Iditarod that will help our users expand their word mastery.