Iditarod Sled Dog Race
Every year in March, Nome hosts the finish of one of the toughest sled dog races in the world. The Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race is a 1,049 mile trek through some of the most extreme wilderness in the nation. The first Iditarod race was held in 1973 and has been extremely popular ever since. During the finish of the race Nome’s population grows by approximately 1,000 people and turns Nome into what people everywhere warmly refer to as the “Mardi Gras of the North”. With hundreds of events to participate in and the ability to rub elbows with some of the most notorious names in the dog mushing industry, the finish of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in Nome is an event not to be missed.
Frequently Asked Questions:
1. When does the race start? The ceremonial start begins in Anchorage on the first Saturday in March. The restart begins the next day in Willow.
2. When does the first musher cross the finish line in Nome? Usually nine to ten days after the restart. This can vary depending on weather and trail conditions.
3. Which route will the race run this year? The northern route is run on even years, and the southern route is run on odd years.
4. How do I purchase an AWARDS BANQUET TICKET? Tickets are sold only after the first musher crosses the finish line. After that time, you may purchase tickets at the Iditarod Headquarters at the Mini Convention Center. Tickets may not be reserved in advance.
5. When is the finish line “Burled Arch” erected on Front Street? The first Sunday before the first musher is scheduled to arrive.
6. All of the accommodations are already booked! Where can I stay? During the Iditarod, several Nome residents rent out bedrooms or even couch space in their private residence. The Nome Visitors Center maintains a list of renters through an Iditarod Overflow Housing Program.
7. Are there any special events going on during the sled dog race? Absolutely! Many local groups and businesses have events going on, and a list of these will be available soon. You will be able to find a link to them in our Events Calendar page. There are also businesses that offer Iditarod related Tours!
8. How can I become a volunteer during the Iditarod? Click HERE to go to the Volunteer Page of the Iditarod website. This page lists the types of volunteer positions that are available, and you will also find the names and e-mail addresses of many of the volunteer coordinators.
9. Can I fly to Russia from Nome? Nome based Bering Air offers charter flights to Russia, but you may be required to obtain certain documents prior to one of these flights. Bering Air has a Russian Travel page in their website.
10. How far is it to…? Check out our Distance Chart to see approximate distances to many of the facilities that are used by visitors during the Iditarod!
HOUSING DURING THE IDITAROD: The finish of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race is a very popular event; therefore, hotels and B&B’s tend to book up very early, some possibly a year in advance! If you are unable to find a room, the Nome Convention and Visitors Bureau may be able to help. Each year, several Nome residents will open their private homes to people in need of a place to stay during the Iditarod, and the Visitors Center maintains a list of these individuals. Some residents may rent an entire apartment or home, and some may rent couch or floor space. If you are unable to secure a room in a hotel or B&B, and would like to be put on a wait list for a room in someone’s private home, please call the Visitors Center at (907) 443-6555, or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Visitors Center staff cannot guarantee being able to place you in a room, but they will do the best they can!
When calling or e-mailing the Visitors Center to be placed on the wait list, please include all of the following: 1. Your Name. 2. Total number of people in your party. 3. Dates of arrival and departure. 4. Any special needs you may have. 5. Daytime telephone number. 6. E-mail address.
Local residents rent out rooms to visitors as a courtesy to enable as many people as possible the opportunity to witness the Last Great Race. If you make arrangements to stay in someone’s home, and you need to cancel, please let your host know so they can rent their room to someone else.
*Nome Chamber of Commerce Member.
*NOME DISCOVERY TOURS Call for reservations: 907-304-1453 or 907-443-2814
Join Richard “Hello Central” Beneville in a heated van for an excursion around Nome to learn about the history of the Iditarod and historic Nome!
*WILD ALASKA TRAVEL 1115 D Street, Juneau, AK 99801
If you are looking for an amazing and authentic adventure in Nome, our 9-day Iditarod Finish & Northern Lights Tour package is the Superbowl for Iditarod fans!
*SKY TREKKING ALASKA 485 W. Pioneer Dr. Wasilla AK 99654
Private guided air & land tours to see and experience the Iditarod Sled Dog Race from Anchorage to Nome. A wide variety of “super cool” day trips and charters are available from Nome. Join us for Mardi-Gras with the dogs!
Unless specified, distances to the places listed below are measured from the Nome Visitors Center. The Nome Visitors Center is located at 301 Front St., in downtown Nome, directly across from City Hall. Distances are approximate. As you can see, many of the distances are listed in tenths of a mile; therefore, many of the places in Nome are within walking distance!
|AIRPORT||Seppala Dr & Airport Rd||1.4|
|Credit Union 1||406 Warren Pl||0.2|
|Wells Fargo Bank||109A Front St.||0.2|
|Bible Baptist Church||103 East 1st Ave||0.2|
|Community United Methodist||502 West 2nd Ave||0.2|
|Nome Church of the Nazarene||3rd & Division St||0.1|
|Nome Community Baptist Church||108 West 3rd Ave||0.3|
|Nome Covenant Church||101 Bering St||<0.1|
|River of Life Assembly of God||65 Seppala Dr||0.1|
|Seventh-day Adventist||501 Round the Clock, Icy View||2.0|
|St Joseph Catholic Church||279 King Place||0.3|
|Our Savior’s Lutheran Church||5th & Bering St||0.3|
|AC Value Center||Nome-Teller Hwy||0.6|
|Hanson’s / Safeway Grocery||415 Bering St||0.2|
|HOTELS / B&Bs|
|Aurora Inn & Suites||302 East Front St||0.4|
|Angel Camp by the Sea||922 East Front St||0.9|
|Bed for a Night||206 Watch Glass Rd||1.8|
|Bering Sea B&B||1103 East 5th Ave||1.0|
|Chateau de Cape Nome||1105 East 4th Ave||0.9|
|Dredge No. 7 Inn||1700 Teller Hwy||1.4|
|LLB LLC B&B||710 East 5th Ave||0.8|
|Mai’s Guest House||610 Seppala Drive||0.3|
|Nome Sweet Homes B&B||114 West 1st Ave||0.1|
|Nugget Inn||315 Front St||<0.1|
|Old Alaska Rooms||503 Spinning Rock Rd, Icy View||2.0|
|Polaris Hotel||200 Bering St||0.1|
|Solomon B&B||Nome-Council Hwy||34|
|Sweet Dreams B&B||406 West 4th Ave||0.3|
|INTERNET ACCESS (public)|
|AC Value Center (wifi)||Nome-Teller Hwy||0.6|
|Airport Pizza (wifi)||406 Bering St||0.2|
|Kegoayah Kozga Library (wifi)||223 East Front St||<0.1|
|Polar Café (wifi)||225 East Front St||0.1|
|Airport Pizza||406 Bering St||0.2|
|Aurora Inn||302 East Front St||0.4|
|Mini Convention Center||102 River St||0.2|
|Old St. Joseph’s Hall||409 Steadman||0.2|
|Pioneer Hall||110 Front St||0.3|
|Recreation Center||2008 East 6th Ave||0.7|
|UAF Northwest Campus||400 East Front St||0.4|
|POST OFFICE||113 Front St||0.1|
|Airport Pizza||406 Bering St||0.2|
|Bering Sea Restaurant||305 Front St.||<0.1|
|Bering Tea Company||310 Bering St.||0.1|
|Golden China||231 Front St.||<0.1|
|Husky Restaurant||235 Front St.||<0.1|
|KJ’s Espresso||217 Front St.||<0.1|
|Mark’s Soap-N-Suds||Front St.||<0.1|
|Milanos Pizzeria||110 Front St.||0.1|
|Pingo Bakery||308 Bering St.||0.1|
|Polar Café||225 East Front St.||0.1|
|Polaris Bar & Grill||200 Bering St.||0.1|
|Subway / Gold Coast Cinema||135 East Front St.||0.3|
|Twin Dragon Restaurant||100 Front St.||0.2|