On this date in 1925, Twenty brave, warmly-dressed mushers began a journey transporting medicine (diphtheria antitoxin) to Nome, Alaska. Their trek was the inspiration for the Iditarod, the world’s longest and most challenging dog sled race. The name Iditarod came from an Ingalik and Holikachuk word hidedhod for the Iditarod River. This name means distant or distant place.

Today, Iditarod mushers compete in a recreation of “the Great Race of Mercy” and try to complete that journey as a matter of honor and personal determination. But make no mistake about it, that first long, hard, cold journey was certainly a matter of life and death. Some journeys are. If you’re on a journey, let’s play to win and remember what’s a stake.

And remember – If you aren’t the lead dog,…

…(wait for it)…

…the scenery never changes!

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