March is a great month in Alaska - the days are getting longer and the weather is getting warmer. There's no better place to visit in March than Talkeetna for some of the quirkiest and fun events you'll find on the calendar.
Trio Fatbike World Championships
The fun begins in Talkeetna on March 7 with the Trio Fatbike World Championships. Fat tire biking is all the rage in the winter, and this race attracts the best of the best. There are two races - 1 lap, which is approximately 26 miles, and 2 laps, which is 52 miles long. An after-party featuring live music kicks off March in style.
Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race
The next day, head south to Willow for the start of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. The official start is a great family-friendly event where you'll meet the mushers and the canine athletes as they get ready for their 1,100 mile trek to Nome. The restart begins at 2 p.m. and shuttle service is available from Talkeetna.
Oosik Classic Ski Race
The following weekend, on March 14, racers trade bikes for skis as the Oosik Classic Ski Race takes over the town, and it's a signature event you don't want to miss. The 25 and 50 kilometer races are more about fun than speed. Participants dress up in costumes, there are drink stations and the overall theme of having a good time is prevalent along the trail. This year, the after-party is at the Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge, including live music.
Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge
Speaking of Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge, it will be open throughout March and hosting events like a sushi-making class and much more. The lodge has opened for the month of March the last several years. With spectacular views of the Alaska Range, March is a perfect time to check out the lodge. There are a number of bed and breakfasts, cabins and inns available in Talkeetna as well, but do make reservations ahead of time - many places sell out during March thanks to the many events going on.
This year, make sure to check out the winter fun taking place in Talkeetna!