It can't be compared to any other competitive event in the world! A race over 1,000 miles of the roughest, most beautiful terrain Mother Nature has to offer. Add to that subzero temperatures, harsh weather conditions, the distance, as well as the indomitable mushers and dogsled teams, and you have the Iditarod. A race extraordinaire; a race possible only in Alaska. .
Beginning today, March 6, the Iditarod pits man and animal against nature in wild Alaska at her best. Created to coincide with the Iditarod is the Idita-Walk, a physical fitness / walking event. As I hit the halfway mark of the 1,049 required minutes earlier this week, I was thankful for the differences between my walking and the amazing race from Anchorage to Nome.
However, there are similarities between the two events, as well. Both offer the potential for tales of adventure, feelings of accomplishment, and redefining personal limits. And just like each musher goes the distance to accomplish a feat few dare to attempt and establishes a place for himself and his team in the annals of Iditarod lore, I too go the distance through snow and subzero temperatures and find a little bit of hero inside.