Discover Thrilling Events Like The Anchorage Fur Rendezvous, Iditarod, and Tour of Anchorage in Anchorage, Alaska
This winter if you're looking for a true Alaska experience and a dash of adventure, then head to Anchorage, Alaska for three huge events. Starting in late February through early March you can join the Anchorage Fur Rendezvous, the ceremonial start of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race and the Tour of Anchorage, which is the ultimate cross-country skiing event.
The Anchorage Fur Rendezvous, or “Rondy” as it’s known locally, features dozens of events that make the most of the Alaska winter. Wild events like outhouse races, the Frostbite Footrace, snowshoe softball and Yukigassen – a team snowball fight tournament – mean lots of fun and plenty of friendly competition for bragging rights.
This year, Rondy marks the fifth annual Running of the Reindeer. In which participants make a mad dash down Fourth Avenue alongside live reindeer. Rondy also is home to the World Championship Sled Dog Races, the premier short-distance sled dog race. But just as Rondy reaches its pinnacle, another event – perhaps the most iconic Alaska event – kicks off in Anchorage.
The Iditarod, which runs 1,049 mile will start in downtown Anchorage in Early March. During this exciting event mushers, dogs and sleds line Fourth Avenue and spectators pack the sidewalks in anticipation of the “Last Great Race.” After a mile and a half on city streets, the course speeds through forested trails, greenbelts and parks of Anchorage. But this is merely the beginning; in the days ahead, mushers face daunting terrain, treacherous weather and vast wilderness on their way to Nome. But even after the last team has left Anchorage, the weekend holds another big event.
Taking place the day after is the annual Tour of Anchorage that takes full advantage of the city’s vast trail system for the ultimate cross-country skiing event. Part of the American Ski Marathon Series, North America's longest running and largest citizen's racing and touring series, the Tour of Anchorage is celebrating its 25th year in 2012. With 50K, 40K and 25K routes, it’s all about endurance. Whether speeding to the finish line or taking a more leisurely pace, the Tour of Anchorage is a great way to experience Alaska through the trail system.
By Leroy Worley
To discover the amazing events, attractions, and destinations to enjoy visit the Anchorage Convention & Visitors Bureau to start planning your wild adventure at www.Anchorage.net.