2023 Iditarod Will Start with Smallest Field Ever

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Pray so they do not serve alone. Ephesians 6:10-20
The ceremonial start of the 2023 Iditarod is March 4 in Anchorage.
The official restart is March 5 in Willow.

‘A Little Scary’: Iditarod Begins with Smallest Field Ever​

Mark Thiessen, Associated Press

"ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The second half-century for the world’s most famous sled dog race is getting off to a rough start.
Only 33 mushers will participate in the ceremonial start of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Saturday, the smallest field ever to take their dog teams nearly 1,000 miles (1,609 kilometers) over Alaska’s unforgiving wilderness. This year’s lineup is smaller even than that of the 34 mushers who lined up for the very first race in 1973.
The small pool of mushers is raising concerns about the future of an iconic race that has taken hits from the pandemic, climate change, inflation and the loss of deep-pocketed sponsors, just as multiple big-name mushing champions are retiring with few to take their place.
The largest field ever was 96 mushers in 2008; the average number of mushers starting the race over the last 50 years was 63."



Emily Robinson, 15, Wins Junior Iditarod — again​

Kris Capp
"Emily Robinson, 15, is the 2023 winner of the Junior Iditarod Sled Dog Race. She was also the 2022 winner and is the first young woman in the 46-year history of the race to win twice."

Emily Robinson wins 2023 Jr Iditarod​

By Jacob Mann Frontiersman.com
Feb 28, 2023

"WASILLA — Emily Robinson won the 2023 Jr Iditarod. This was the second year in a row the Nenana musher took first place.
"I think it's exceptional," Jr Iditarod board president, Julia Redington said. "She works well with those dogs and she really works hard herself."
Julia said that she was impressed by the young mushers' skill and dedication as they faced numerous challenges in Alaska's harsh and cold wilderness.
"I think it was a really successful race," Julia said.
There were a total of 16 mushers this year. Jr Iditarod board member, Barbara Redington said that she was thrilled with the overall turnout."


Official Iditarod website (follow race, musher profiles, pix of dogs, etc.)

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