‘Eventually, everyone wants to give a musher a hotdog’: An audio postcard of Iditarod ‘trailgaters’

Rookie musher Mille Porsild of Denmark eyes a hotdog offered to her on the Chester Creek trail. This handoff was successful. Others weren’t (Liz Ruskin/Alaska Public Media)

“Trailgate” parties are a tradition in some Anchorage neighborhoods. For these fans, the ceremonial start of the Iditarod is a chance to share a moment, and maybe a hotdog, with their favorite mushers. Alaska Public Media’s Liz Ruskin has this audio postcard featuring one party in South Addition and another along Chester Creek near Airport Heights.


Note: Shouts of “Dog down!” refer to dropped hot dogs. No canines were injured in the recording of this audio postcard.

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Lincoln and Leeann Garrick (left) brought a table-top grill and got to the trail early to stake out a good spot. (Liz Ruskin/Alaska Public Media)