The world-famous Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race gets under way the first Sunday in March from Willow Lake. While the mushers participate in a ceremonial start on Saturday in downtown Anchorage, from Willow, it’s all business as the mushers are on the clock. There are great viewing opportunities on the lake itself, as well as just off the lake along the race route.
From Willow Lake, the musher’s begin their 1,100-mile race across Alaska. It’s a grueling race that attracts mushers from around the world. The start at Willow Lake is very fan-friendly, giving visitors an opportunity to meet the mushers and the four-legged athletes that make this race such a spectacle. Ironically, the start is the only time the race is on the road system in Alaska, as the trail winds its way through the heart of Alaska not reachable by car. There are shuttles running from Anchorage and the town of Wasilla for those wanting to see the start in Willow each March.