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Thursday, February 14, 2013

Fur Rondy: Nation's Premiere Winter Festival

The snow has fallen and Fur Rondy’s most popular events are right around the corner in Anchorage, Alaska!

The Alaska Sled Dog & Racing Association has announced that the Rondy World Championship Sled Dog Races will take place as scheduled on February 22, 23 and 24. 

The possibility of cancelling the races due to lack of snow had kept all eyes on the weather forecast this month, but with enough snow on the racing trails, the show will go on. 

The race, which pits sprint mushing teams against each other over three days of the same 25-mile route for a total of 75 miles, starts at the corner of 4th Avenue and D Street in downtown Anchorage and winds through the city’s forests, across major roads and back downtown.

The trail is lined with thousands of spectators in this cornerstone event of Fur Rondy, now in its 78th year. Stop in the Fur Rondy Shop featuring Caffe D’arte at 4th & D when you come down to watch the dog races.

Now is the time to register for Rondy events like Running of the Reindeer, Snowshoe Softball, Yukigassen, Outhouse Races, Frostbite Footrace & Costume Fun Run, adult and youth hockey tournaments and even a Vintage Snowmachine Exhibition. Participants can go to www.furrondy.net to sign up for any of these ever-popular Rondy events.

It’s also time to buy your tickets to Rondy shows and parties such as the Melodrama (this year’s title is “Turnagain Temptations”), Rondy on Ice, the Miners & Trappers Charity Ball and the Rondy kick-off party – the Jim Beam Jam. Buy tickets at the online Rondy Shop or at CenterTix for the Melodrama only.

Also on tap is the Rondy Brew First Tap shindig happening this Friday, February 15, from 5pm-7pm at Humpy’s Great Alaskan Alehouse.

For more information about top events in Alaska take a look at the Top Events USA selection of the annual main festivals and events in Alaska.