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Bessemer local trains for March 2022 Iditarod

Julie Ahnen dog racing
Julie Ahnen dog racing(Annette Giachino)
Published: Nov. 24, 2021 at 6:01 PM EST
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Brushkana, Alaska (WLUC) - Julie Ahnen is living and training in Brushkana, Alaska for the thousand-mile race.

Starting in Willow, Alaska, the race runs across the entire state. The race is completed in eight to fifteen days.

A lot of training, especially for the dogs, is crucial to finishing the Iditarod.

Julie explained how she trains her dogs for the state-long trek.

“So how we train is bumping up their miles and getting their endurance and strength up at the begging of the season. Once we get into the winter we spend a lot more time really staying on the trails with them.”

This is the 50th anniversary of the race so it is especially important to Julie.

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