Iditarod This Weekend

(Above photo by Frank Kovalchek, Anchorage, 2010, via Flickr)

Alaska’s Iditarod Sled Dog Race starts tomorrow, March 3.

No, you can‘t watch all 1,000 mushing miles online.

Yes, you can see the start and the end of it. Here’s how:

The race’s “ceremonial” start in Anchorage streams for free at KTUU.com. Coverage begins at 1:30 pm ET, co-hosted by Libby Riddles, the first woman to win the Iditarod in 1985. The last of 67 mushers is expected to “leave the chute” at around 4:30 pm. See them all at ktuu.com/livestream.

Following the initial 11-mile run to Campbell Air Strip, the racers will re-start Sunday at around 2 pm in Willow. You can stream that at Iditarod.com/live, but only if you’re a paid Iditarod Insider subscriber. Insider Video memberships cost $19.95 for a year, but you can also become an Ultimate Insider for $33.95 a year. The latter adds the ability to “track all the action of the Iditarod thanks to GPS devices on the musher’s sleds.”

Insider subscribers can also see live coverage of the race’s finish in Nome. We can’t tell you when, since the Iditarod takes a week or two for all the mushers to finish their trek, with much depending on just how bad the always awful weather conditions get. Martin Buser set the record of eight days, 22 hours, 46 minutes and two seconds back in 2002.

And we’d be remiss if we didn’t also tell you about the current controversies surrounding the Iditarod.

Much of them stem from last year’s documentary, Sled Dogs, which alleged animal cruelty due to such factors as crowded kennels, tethered chains and lack of shade.

We’d also call doping dogs cruel, and that’s what happened last year when four dogs from a top team tested positive for a banned substance.

You can rent Sled Dogs from $3.99 on Google Play and iTunes.

 

 

 

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Les Luchter is a former managing editor of Multichannel News, editor-in-chief of Cable Marketing, and news editor of Broadcast Week.

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