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From The Iditarod,
Wasilla, AK


The Iditarod,
2100 S. Knik-Goose Bay Road, Wasilla, AK



Enjoy this fun Red Lantern Iditarod mug featuring the famed red lantern information. The mug has the Iditarod logo and the text "Red Lantern Award" on the front of the mug and a brief description of the Red Lantern award on the back of the mug.

This is a standard mug size.

The Red Lantern is an award given to the Iditarod's last place finisher. The tradition dates back to 1953, when the first red lantern was given as a joke at the Fur Rendezvous Race in Anchorage. The award was eventually passed on to the Iditarod when the race began in 1973.

Over the years the Red Lantern Award has become a symbol of perseverance and determination. Today’s mushers feel a proud sense of accomplishment when receiving the Red Lantern Award. The winner of the Iditarod usually takes eight to 10 days to complete the race. The slowest Red Lantern winner was John Schultz, in 1973. He took 32 days, 15 hours, nine minutes and one second to reach the finish line. The quickest Red Lantern musher was Marcelle Fressineau, in 2014, with a time of 13 days, four hours, 42 minutes and eight seconds.

About The Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race
The Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race started in 1973, is an annual 1,049-mile sled dog race run in early March from Anchorage to Nome, Alaska. Mushers and a team of dogs cover the distance in 8–15 days or more, sometimes through blizzards, white-outs, and sub-zero temperatures that can reach -100 Fahrenheit.

The race's namesake is the Iditarod Trail, which was designated as one of the first four US National Historic Trails in 1978. The trail, in turn, is named for the town of Iditarod, which is a historic Athabaskan village and a check-point for the race.

Portions of the Iditarod Trail were used by Alaska Native peoples for hundreds of years and the trail was also used by Russian fur traders in the 1800s and coal and gold miners during the Nome Gold Rush of 1898.

The most famous event in the history of Alaskan mushing is the 1925 serum run to Nome, also known as the "Great Race of Mercy." It occurred when a large diphtheria epidemic threatened Nome and dog teams were commissioned by the Governor to deliver the antidote via dog sled.

The trail is composed of two routes: a northern route, which is run on even-numbered years, and a southern route, which is run on odd-numbered years.

The official finish line is the burled arch in Nome, Alaska. The tradition is that a Widow's Lamp is lit, a tradition that started based on the kerosene lamp lit and hung outside a roadhouse when a musher carrying goods or mail was en route. The last musher to complete the Iditarod is referred to as the "Red Lantern".

The Iditarod Trail Committee honors the legacy of the Alaskan sled dog and the ingenuity of the Alaska Native people who have used dog sled transportation for millennia.

The race challenges man and dog against Mother Nature's rugged wilderness and is a testament to the bond between musher and our greatest friend and athlete: the sled dog.

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