Alaska’s 41st Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race officially started this past Saturday, but it wasn’t until yesterday that the real competition commenced. We’re rooting for our friend and four-time Iditarod Champion, Martin Buser!
Martin and his family own and operate Happy Trails Kennels, which our Best of Alaska cruisetour guests (sailing Southbound) visit on the land portion. It’s one of the major highlights where guests learn about the art of dog sledding, the treatment of the dogs and guests even get to hold the cute husky puppies!
Martin is very involved in his community, speaking in schools on the humanitarian care of animals and the spirit of the Iditarod. Love for the sport and his huskies are equally obvious. He and his dogs race every year. In 1988, 1993, 1995 and 1997, he was given an award that recognized him for the best humanitarian care of his dogs.
The Iditaod is a 1,770-kilometre race in remote terrain that starts in Willow and ends in Nome. Oh you know it’s just a 9-day race in Alaska’s arctic and unspoiled frontier of mountains, frozen rivers and dense forest to reach the finish line. There are mandatory layovers and mushers are required to sign in at village checkpoints.
If you’d like to learn more about this sport, how it came to be, and Martin Buser, take 32 minutes to watch this video as he speaks on his experience, the sport, and his huskies.
Interested in our Best of Alaska cruisetour that’ll see you meeting with Martin Buser? We’re close to filling up for most dates, but there is space available. Call 1-800-565-2784.