Yukon Quest 2014 Kicks Off in Fairbanks, AK
Here in Alaska, we’re no strangers to severe winter weather. In fact, heavy snowfall and chilly temperatures are what make many outdoor sports possible from the first signs of fall until the early days of summer. If you’re planning to buy a home in Fairbanks, you’ll soon be able to enjoy spectacular opportunities for skiing, snowmobiling, hiking and ice fishing just steps from your front door! In addition to your typical cold weather sports, winter is also a time to celebrate and continue the tradition of northern travel by dog sled. And, as luck would have it, this weekend presents the perfect chance to do so.
This Saturday, the Yukon Quest 1,000 Mile International Sled Dog Race kicks off in downtown Fairbanks. The incredible winter event has taken place every year since 1984, taking up to 50 teams of one human ‘musher’ and 14 canine athletes across the breathtakingly beautiful, North American wilderness over a period of 10 to 16 days. The Yukon Quest Trail follows historical Gold Rush and mail delivery dog sled routes from the early twentieth century, concluding when the final dog team arrives at the finish line in Whitehorse, Yukon.
If you’re unfamiliar with their significance in Alaskan history, sled dogs made it possible for society to establish itself in the far North during the nineteenth century. Ancestors of today’s Alaskan Husky were primarily used for transportation and for delivering supplies and mail to rural areas that were inaccessible by other methods. Today, sled dogs are used for recreational purposes, and are raced in events such as the Iditarod and this weekend’s Yukon Quest.
If you’re in the area this weekend, be sure to swing by downtown Fairbanks to send the Yukon Quest participants off on their great adventure. Please note, due to unseasonably warm temperatures, the start of the 2014 Yukon Quest has been moved off of the Chena River to a new location on 2nd Avenue. If you need a personal tour guide during your stay in Fairbanks, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us. The professionals at Madden Real Estate have a deep knowledge of the Alaskan real estate market and would be happy to show you around. We look forward to hearing from you!
Wes Madden, CEO/Broker
Madden Real Estate
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