Iditarod Dog Sled Race 2013: Dates, Start Time and Event Info

Brian MaziqueCorrespondent IIIFebruary 28, 2013

15 Mar 1999: John Baker mushes his dogs during the Iditarod Trail Race in Alaska. Mandatory Credit: Ezra O. Shaw  /Allsport
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The competition known as the Last Great Race is set to begin on March 2 in Anchorage, Alaska. For those that are unaware of the Iditarod, it is an annual dog-sledding race that has been run since 1973.

The race can last over two weeks, with teams forced to endure extreme temperatures to reach the finish line. The Iditarod has evolved into quite the spectacle that garners attention from most sports news outlets.

From those that pay attention simply because they view it as a novelty to those that are die-hard fans, the Iditarod is one of the year's biggest sports events.

Want to catch coverage of the great race? Here's how you can watch:


When: Saturday, March 2, 2 p.m. ET

Where: Anchorage, Alaska

TV: GCI Network in Alaska

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2013 Iditarod Mushers

Entrant # Musher Name Sex City State Country Status
1 Christine Roalofs F Anchorage AK USA Rookie
2 Newton Marshall M St. Anne   JAMAICA Veteran
3 Ken Anderson M Fairbanks AK USA Veteran
4 Michelle Phillips F Tagish YT CANADA Veteran
5 DeeDee Jonrowe F Willow AK USA Veteran
6 Gerry Willomitzer M Whitehorse YT CANADA Veteran
7 Scott Janssen M Anchorage AK USA Veteran
8 Peter Kaiser M Bethel AK USA Veteran
9 Gerald Sousa M Talkeetna AK USA Veteran
10 Jessie Royer F Darby MT USA Veteran
11 Michael Suprenant M Chugiak AK USA Veteran
12 Kelly Maixner M Big Lake AK USA Veteran
13 Robert Bundtzen M Anchorage AK USA Veteran
14 Luan Ramos Marques M Macae   BRAZIL Rookie
15 Paul Gebhardt M Kasilof AK USA Veteran
16 Mike Williams, Sr. M Akiak AK USA Veteran
17 Mitch Seavey M Seward AK USA Veteran
18 Bob Chlupach M Willow AK USA Veteran
19 Ray Redington Jr M Wasilla AK USA Veteran
20 Martin Buser M Big Lake AK USA Veteran
21 Rudy Demoski, Sr. M Wasilla AK USA Veteran
22 Jason Mackey M Wasilla AK USA Veteran
23 Cim Smyth M Big Lake AK USA Veteran
24 Paige Drobny F Fairbanks AK USA Rookie
25 Joar Leifseth Ulsom M Roros   NORWAY Rookie
26 Curt Perano M Queenstown   NEW ZEALAND Veteran
27 Angie Taggart F Ketchikan AK USA Veteran
28 Ed Stielstra M McMillan MI USA Veteran
29 Jan Steves F Edmonds WA USA Veteran
30 Kristy Berington F Kasilof AK USA Veteran
31 Jodi Bailey F Chatanika AK USA Veteran
32 Cindy Gallea F Wykoff MN USA Veteran
33 Jeff King M Denali AK USA Veteran
34 Aliy Zirkle F Two Rivers AK USA Veteran
35 Travis Beals M Seward AK USA Rookie
36 Allen Moore M Two Rivers AK USA Veteran
37 Karin Hendrickson F Wasilla AK USA Veteran
38 Mike Ellis M Two Rivers AK USA Rookie
39 Nicolas Petit M Girdwood AK USA Veteran
40 Linwood Fiedler M Willow AK USA Veteran
41 Michael Williams, Jr. M Akiak AK USA Veteran
42 Ramey Smyth M Willow AK USA Veteran
43 Lance Mackey M Fairbanks AK USA Veteran
44 Aaron Burmeister M Nome AK USA Veteran
45 Jake Berkowitz M Big Lake AK USA Veteran
46 Charley Bejna M Addison IL USA Rookie
47 Justin Savidis M Willow AK USA Veteran
48 Dallas Seavey M Willow AK USA Veteran
49 Anna Berington F Kasilof AK USA Veteran
50 Kelley Griffin F Wasilla AK USA Veteran
51 John Baker M Kotzebue AK USA Veteran
52 Richie Diehl M Aniak AK USA Rookie
53 James Volek M Big Lake AK USA Rookie
54 Brent Sass M Manley Hot Springs AK USA Veteran
55 Matt Failor M Big Lake AK USA Veteran
56 Jessica Hendricks F Two Rivers AK USA Veteran
57 Aaron Peck M Bezanson AB CANADA Veteran
58 Jim Lanier M Chugiak AK USA Veteran
59 Josh Cadzow M Fort Yukon AK USA Rookie
60 David Sawatzky M Healy AK USA Veteran
61 Sonny Lindner M Two Rivers AK USA Veteran
62 Mikhail Telpin M Yanrakynnot Chukotka RUSSIA Rookie
63 Wade Marrs M Wasilla AK USA Veteran
64 Louie Ambrose M St. Michael AK USA Rookie
65 Matt Giblin M Sterling AK USA Veteran
66 Cindy Abbott F Irvine CA USA Rookie


The Rigors of the Race

Being competitive in the Iditarod is about more than endurance and speed. A musher must also know how to maintain his or her sled.

One of the major maintenance actions a musher has to master is changing the runner on a sled. Watch 2012 Iditarod Champion, Dallas Seavey, demonstrate this action smoothly.

This is no easy task.

Little nuances like this are just one of the details that can be taken for granted, but the thought of performing this maintenance under the pressures of a race, with your dogs waiting for you to get back on the sled and in adverse temperatures is a daunting task.


Ex-Champions in the Field

Seavey is the defending champion, but he is just one of six past champions competing in this year's race.

Joining him is Lance Mackey, Martin Buser and Jeff King (who have all won four times), the 2011 champion and record holder for fastest finish, John Baker, and 2004 champion, Mitch Seavey, who is Dallas' father.

With that lineup, this will be a star-studded field vying for supremacy in 2013.



This seems like the younger Seavey's time. In the race's history, we've seen mushers go on runs with consecutive victories four times.

Most recently, Mackey won four in a row from 2007-2010. Seavey may very well be on his way to that type of run.

He is my pick to emerge victorious.


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