63 mushers began the race, however 9 have scratched.
62 mushers entered the 2011 Iditarod
There are 18 checkponts in the 2013 Iditarod race
The number varies from year to year, but there are never more than 100.
The Junior Iditarod was first held in 1978. It is held the week before the Iditarod race. The young mushers, ages 14 to 17 compete on the 140-mile long track.
Bib number 1 is the honorary musher. Each year, the Iditarod honors someone as a special thank you to the person for doing something for the race.
The Iditarod is a dog sled race that takes place in March of every year since 1976. There are near 100 mushers, or racers, who compete across a 1,049 mile terrain across Alaska. With 22 rest stops and 16 dogs, mushers race for a chance to win $69,000 and a brand new pickup truck.
There are exactly sixteen women in the Iditarod for 2012
The Iditarod Race is about 950 miles, with minor variations from year to year. The raced was believed to be 1,100 miles until racers began carrying gps trackers. It starts just north of Anchorage, Alaska and ends in Nome, Alaska. This dog sled race has about 24 checkpoints for mushers to resupply and / or rest.
in the iditarod you can have a maximum of sixteen dogs and a minamum of twelve dogs!!! most mushers will end up with anywhere from eight to twelve dogs in the end!!!! this is because many mushers will lose dogs when they run away on the trail and because some mushers will leave there dogs at the check point if they are hurt or if they are overly tired. people at the check point will then take care of the dogs at the check point. in the end of the race they are reunited when theyre musher crosss the finish line!!! the iditarod face is a very stressful race but can also be very exciteing and is something thet all great mushers want to do. they may also enter in the Yukon quest race. so wwwwoooooowwwww.................maybe you should try the iditarod.............it could be fun!!! couldn't you just imagine a little two year old mushing a dogsled!!!!!!!!!!ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha wouldn't that be funny!!!!!!!!!!!yyyyyyyyyeeeeeeeehhhhhhhaaaaaaa!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
During the early years of the Iditarod Race, the mushers only traveled the northern trail. After several years, the Iditarod Board of Directors realized that the smaller villages were being heavily impacted by the race coming through their village year after year. It was decided to use both sections of the trail. This decision had a three fold effect. The northern villages of Ruby, Galena and Nulato only had to deal with the large group of mushers, press and volunteers every other year. The second effect was that the race was able to pass through the actual ghost town of Iditarod. Lastly, the villages of Shageluk, Anvik and Grayling were able to participate in the race. iditarod.com/learn/iditarodtrail.html