Joe Redington Sr., Father of the Iditarod

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Sports card with a color picture of Joe Redington, Sr. and one of his sled dogs at the 1994 Winter Olympic games in Lillehammer. This year dog sledding was a trial sport at the Olympics and Joe Redington was asked to race. Joe Redington, Sr. is considered the 'Father of the Iditarod" as he was the person to organize the first race in 1970 as ah homage to the sled dog culture that Alaska was built on.

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The Iditarod Sled Dog Race is an extreme sports challenge that tests the skill and endurance of competitors while celebrating Alaska’s sled dog culture and history. Teams of 12 to 16 dogs, primarily Alaskan Huskies, and their musher experience harsh terrain and weather conditions during the 1,150 mile run from Anchorage to Nome. In its modern iteration as an extreme sport, the Iditarod takes an intense physical toll not only on the human competitors but also on the sled dogs. The race follows a large network of Native trade and travel routes which travelers used when gold was discovered in the isolated town of Iditarod. This discovery led to a “rush” of miners and settlers from across the country, transforming the trail into the region’s main mail and supply route. The area’s harsh winter conditions made sled dog teams the main source of transportation along the Iditarod Trail and it is this rich history which the Iditarod race celebrates today. In 1978 Congress designated the 2300 mile Iditarod Trail as a National Historic Trail recognizing its importance in the shaping of America. Through its beginnings as a regional story, the Iditarod provides us the opportunity to explore the American Experience through the origins of the Iditarod National Historic Trail and the transformation of the Alaskan sled dog culture into an international sport. The Iditarod is now the largest and most prominent sled dog race in the world, attracting international competitors and world-wide media attention.

Web Subject: SportsDog Sled racingOlympics

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Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 2014.3044.10Nonaccession Number: 2014.3044Catalog Number: 2014.3044.10

Object Name: sports card, dog sleddingsports card, sled dog racingsports card, Iditarod

Physical Description: cardboard (overall material)Measurements: overall: 3 1/2 in x 2 1/2 in; 8.89 cm x 6.35 cm

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746ae-21bf-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_1463322

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