Storing the Iditarod

Have you ever thought about how much STUFF it takes to put on the Iditarod?

I’m not talking about the STUFF that the mushers need, but rather the STUFF the volunteers, checkers, vets, and organizers need.  The stuff to start the race, mark the race trail, keep track of the race, report on the race….

What do they do with all that STUFF when it’s not actually race time?

Today I discovered the answer.

It is all stored in two huge storage sheds in Wasilla.

What a treasure trove for any Iditarod fan…. The starting line banner, the Vet Notebooks, the orange fencing, the microchips, dog foot cream, the communications computers, the vet kits, the signs, and on and on and on. It is pretty amazing to see the whole race packed into two storage sheds. It also helps you realize just how much of a well-oiled machine the race is. Just the logistics of setting it up not only in Anchorage but in checkpoints across the state is enough to make even the most well-organized person shake their head.