While here in Ohio, we're very far from the excitement and understanding of the event and traditions with mushing and the Iditarod, we do have some local interest.
The event is a 1050 mile race that takes over 10 days to complete. That's a little further than going from Columbus to New York City and back. Imagine making that trek by dog sled!
And last week, prior to the Iditarod, the Junior Iditarod event was hosted. Kids 14-17 competed in a 150 mile two-day race. The responsibility, dedication, and preparation the teens put into the event is amazing.
What does Ohio have to do with racing? Not much. There are quite a few people recreationally active in mushing, and some competing in smaller races.
There is a dryland race in Ohio every year, here is an example of a premium for the event. Dryland races are races with bikejoring (dogs pulling bikes), dogs pulling rigs (3-4 wheeled vehicles), or cani-cross (dog pulling a runner).