If you have always wanted to experience the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race from a musher's perspective, the Iditarider auction is the perfect thing for you.
The auction, sponsored by the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, allows people to bid on the right to ride in a musher's sled at the race's ceremonial start in Anchorage, which is on March 7, 2020. The auction is a major fundraiser, and those bidding are helping support the race. The money raised helps stage the race each year.
Every musher starting the race can be bid on, and any musher can be bought outright for $7,500. Most of the mushers in this year's race are in the $1,000-$2,000 range, which is a deal for a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Only one rider is allowed per musher sled, so the opportunity is limited.
Winning bidders meet their mushers in Anchorage the morning of the race's ceremonial start. They get to be in the bag on the musher's sled as the teams of huskies depart the starting line on their run through downtown Anchorage, with thousands of fans lining the streets and cheering for them. The race "officially" begins the following day at 2 p.m. in Willow, with mushers departing in 2-minute increments from Willow Lake.
Bidding is easy, but the deadline is fast approaching. Interested bidders can register at https://www.iditarodauction.com/ and from there, pick and choose which mushers to bid on. The auction is open through January 17, 2020, when bids will close and the winning bidders will be notified.