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Mushers need help from friends and family to prepare for the Iditarod

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Few mushers prepare alone for “The Last Great Race on Earth,” as the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race is called. Michigan’s mushers rely on family and friends as they enter the final weeks leading up to the race.

Putting training miles on the dog teams is a full-time job for most sled dog racers. Logistics and preparation are done in spare moments and with the help of mushers’ family and friends.

Iditarod teams outside of Alaska have to be slightly more organized, needing to assemble their drop bags containing all the gear and food they will require for shipment to Alaska five weeks before the race.

The mushers’ drop bags have to be in Anchorage by Feb. 19. For a musher in Wasilla, that’s a 45-minute drive, but for “outside” mushers it’s a much more complicated endeavor.

Especially this year.    more...

 



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