The Iditarod is a 1,000 mile race through the unforgiving frozen landscape of Alaska. Every year since the first race in 1973, “mushers” and their teams of dogs gather to make the journey between Anchorage and Nome. The current world record is held by Martin Buser, who broke the previous record, when he crossed the finish line in 8 days, 22 hours, 46 minutes and 2 seconds. On the other side of the fence, the longest anyone has ever taken to complete the race was John Schultz in 1973, who took an astonishing 32 days to cross the finish line, earning him the “Widow’s Lamp”, the traditional red lantern handed out to the musher who finishes last. This year’s winner was third generation musher, Dallas Seavey, who, at just 25 years old, became the youngest person to ever win the race known as “The Last Great Race on Earth.” Be sure to check out the fantastic set of photographs from the Iditarod and other events at one of our favorite photo blog sites, The Big Picture.
[via The Big Picture]