The 2000 Race Route
The 2000 race follows the northern route of the Iditarod Trail,
which runs up through Ruby, Galena and Nulato and stretches 1,151
miles from Anchorage to Nome. In odd-numbered years, mushers follow
a southern route through Iditarod, Shageluk and Grayling, that is
10 miles longer. The traditional mileage cited, 1,049, is a symbolic
figure: the 1,000 because the mileage always exceeds that, and the
49 because Alaska is the 49th state.
There are 26 checkpoints on the northern route, including Anchorage
and Nome. The checkpoints farthest apart are Cripple and Ruby, 112
miles apart, about midway through the race. Wasilla to Knik, though,
is just 14 miles.
Cripple is the official halfway point on the northern route. The
first musher there wins a trophy and $3,000.
Ruby is the first checkpoint on the famed Yukon River. The first
musher here earns a gourmet dinner and a cash prize.
Among the bigger checkpoints are Unalakleet, pop. 714, and Nulato,
pop. 450. Several stops, such as Ophir and Cripple, are ghost towns.
Most of the stops have a small store, phone service and limited
lodging. Some stops offer nothing more than the checker's cabin.
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