How Long Is the Iditarod?


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The Iditarod dogsled race is 975 to 998 miles long, depending on which route is used. The route alternates every year between the southern and northern route. The Iditarod begins in Anchorage, Alaska and ends in Nome, Alaska.

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The Iditarod has an average of 16 dogs on each team, and at least five dogs must be pulling the sled at the finish line. The dogs used for the Iditarod are typically Alaskan or Siberian Huskies. The initial start is typically on the first Saturday in March, but is mostly ceremonial. The competitive portion of the race starts on the second day after a restart.

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