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Iditarod TV special airs Friday, and Alaskans can watch on satellite or streaming services

  • Author: Anchorage Daily News
  • Updated: April 8
  • Published April 8

Thomas Waerner of Norway hugs his lead dogs after reaching the Iditarod finish line on March 17. (Marc Lester / ADN)

The Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race is one of four races that will be featured during two nights of television specials this week on the CBS Sports Network.

The specials will showcase the four distance and mid-distance races that make up the new Qrill Pet Arctic World Series (QPAWS) — Alaska’s 1,000-mile Iditarod, Minnesota’s John Beargrease 300-mile marathon, Norway’s 400-mile Femundlopet and Russia’s 341-mile Volga Quest.

Thursday’s schedule will include hour-long specials on the Beargrease and Femundlopet at 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. ADT, respectively. On Friday, the Volga Quest hour-long special will air at 5 p.m. ADT, followed by the Iditarod special at 6 p.m. ADT.

Alaskans can watch the shows on DirecTV and DISH as well as on streaming services like Hulu, YouTube and fuboTV. The CBS Sports Network is not available on Alaska cable provider GCI, which is one of the Iditarod’s top sponsors.

The specials will recap what happened in each of the four races this year. Spoiler alert: Norwegian mushers won two of them and the others were won by an Alaskan and a Russian.

Thomas Waerner of Norway won the Iditarod in his second appearance in the race; two-time Iditarod champion Robert Sorlie of Norway won the Femundlopet for a record 13th time; Skagway’s Ryan Redington, grandson of Iditarod founder Joe Redington Sr., won the Beargrease; and Slava Demtchenko of Russia won the Volga Quest.

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