When Is the Iditarod Race Held?


Quick Answer

The Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race traditionally begins on the first Saturday in March in Anchorage, Alaska, and ends when the last team reaches the finish line in Nome, Alaska. The race typically lasts multiple weeks, and the course alternates each year.

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The festivities begin on the first Saturday in March with the ceremonial start to the race in Anchorage, but the race officially begins the next day in Willow, Alaska, with the ReStart. This is when the teams' times for the race begin. The first teams depart at 2 p.m. The Iditarod has been held every year since 1973.

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