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McGrath - Checkpoint on the Iditarod Trail

McGrath is honored to be a Checkpoint on the Iditarod Trail sled dog race. The races takes place every year in early March. Dog teams race over 900 miles from Anchorage to Nome.  Racers check-in at the Cap'n Snow Center located on the bank of the frozen Kuskokwim River. Our Borealis Webcam catches teams as they check-in and depart-from McGrath. Lucky visitors, race volunteers and residents get to see these "Canine Olympians" follow their Driver's commands instantly -- "Whoa" to stop for the Check-in, "On by" to go through or, "Gee" and "Haw" to park for a rest. The excitement at the Checkpoint is infectious! Lead teams arrive in McGrath on Tuesday evening, after the Restart in Willow. The last teams leave McGrath, usually, on Friday. It's a fun week full of late night racers, morning howls and afternoon snoozes. A visit to McGrath during this historic race will capture your heart with the quiet beauty of our Alaskan wilderness town and lift your spirits with the high-powered grit of the Iditarod athletes. The Iditarod is truly the Last Great Race!




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