According to Iditarod.com, "“Redington had two reasons for organizing the long-distance Iditarod race: to save sled dog culture and Alaskan huskies, which were being phased out of existence due to the introduction of snowmobiles in Alaska; and to preserve the historical Iditarod Trail between Seward and Nome.” The race is a very important part of Alaskan tradition, because it shows the part that sled dogs play in Alaska. Although this race shows the strength and endurance these dogs can manage, it also shows people that they are important in Alaska, not just for a race but for being able to haul people and their freight around.
|Coyote, Team Baker's sled dog.|
Although many people wish to see the Iditarod Trail when traveling through Nome, Alaska, the Trail impassable through any season except winter months. However, the Historic Iditarod Trail goes all the way to Seward, Alaska, which you are able to walk on, but not sled down.
|Iditarod 2012 winner, Dallas Seavey|
|Iditarod Champion 2011, Baker Team's Sled|