Go the Distance02/08/2013 at 12:00 AM AKST

 The Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race

Alaska, home to so many buck wild and hardcore things is defined by epic journeys. The Yukon Quest International Sled Dog race (decidedly an epic journey) is the manifestation of this bold and extreme side of our state’s collective nature. It is pretty amazing to think that at this very moment, in the throes of February, there are teams of dogs running mile after challenging mile through beautiful yet hostile terrain.

Quest dogs and their mushers are serious athletes. They cast comfort and routine aside to summit four peaks, cross countless frozen rivers, brave the cold and defy the elements. Quite simply they Go the Distance. In this case the distance happens to be 1000 brutal yet breathtaking miles. It is perhaps impossible to think of something equally as punishing or as rewarding. We Alaskans admire the mushers and their teams and know they are doing something epic, something outstanding, something few will attempt, and even fewer will conquer.

Go safely. Go swiftly. Go the Distance. 

  • Going the Distance
  • Out of the darkness
  • Facing Nature head-on
  • Heave Ho!
  • Look out below
  • Gratification for a hard days work

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