Saturday, March 04, 2006

The Last Great Race on Earth

The Iditarod, known as The Last Great Race on Earth, is not only a dog sled race, but a test of man/woman and dog against Alaska's rugged wilderness. It is the pride and joy of Alaska, and a tribute to its history race officially begins in Wasilla a day after the ceremonial start in Anchorage; Wasilla is roughly 40 miles north of Anchorage. From there, each musher and his or her dog team will travel over 1100 miles to the finish line in Nome. The terrain is brutal and the weather can be relentless, with subzero temperatures and whiteout conditions constantly testing the will and determination of each team.

The ceremonial start took place today in Anchorage. The race is the talk of the city. Roads are packed with people waving to sleds passing by. The race celebrates the history of the journey taken by dog sleds from Anchorage to Nome in 1925 to deliver much needed diphtheria serum to fight the epidemic.

I looked form a distance form the hospital window as sleds and dogs passed by and everybody waved.

My regards,
Abu Hesham

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6 Comments:

At 2:53 AM, Blogger SillyBahrainiGirl said...

hehe..interesting.. just like the enthusiasm shown for the F1 in Bahrain!!

 
At 12:11 AM, Blogger Mahmood Al-Yousif said...

and then some!

but I hope your being in a hospital is not due to illness...

 
At 2:10 PM, Blogger Cerebralwaste said...

"The race celebrates the history of the journey taken by dog sleds from Anchorage to Nome in 1925 to deliver much needed diphtheria serum to fight the epidemic."

Goes to show the basic embodiment of the American "CAN DO" and "WILL DO" spirit that has made the US what it is today. This race to me defines America and Americans. They will do what they need to do to get the job done no matter what. If that means taking a sled with dogs 1100+ miles in the middle of winter in near Arctic conditions to deliver medicine in a time of crisis it, well that is what they will do..... and they did...... Great post Abu!

 
At 10:18 PM, Blogger Haitham Salman said...

Thanks Mahmood
I was "on service" taking care of sick kids. I could not go to downtown but they came by the hospital enroute to Wasilla.

CW
Agree with you.. they did not achieve this status out of nothing!

Abu Hesham

 
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