Viral Video: The Iditarod Dance
There is nothing more Alaskan than Iditarod. It's one of the purest sports in the world. While there are a few that mush dogs as a profession, by far the largest percentage of those that run the race lose thousands just to participate. They do it purely for the love. More people have climbed Mt. Everest than have run Iditarod.
Every year my employers at KTUU TV would go to great lengths to cover the event — live shots from small villages, endless promos running on the air. Part of that coverage included my morning crew announcing the leader board every day. The station chose some seriously funky ass music to accompany our announcements, and that led to this event:
What led me to re-release something that became an Alaskan equivalent of viral video is the countdown to Iditarod which kicks off the first weekend in March! But there's more . . .
I am proud to announce that next week we begin a journey together as you come with me as I mush my own dog team through remote Alaska. Temperatures will reach 45 below. We will have a close encounter with the Denali caribou herd, and we'll find out at what temperature a Flip camera dies.
I want to ask your help. Help make this video even more viral. Not just for me, but to help bring attention to America's "last great race". To the bond between canine and human. To the last sport where athletes endure some of the world's most extreme conditions purely for the love of the sport, and their undying love for their four-legged companions.
Repost on Facebook! Retweet on Twitter! Then join me every Monday over the next several weeks as I take you on a vicarious trip through The Denali Wilderness Area with just a sled, six amazing canines, and a Flip.
Oh one last thing, I don't normally sport a porn-star moustache. I was growing it as part of "Moustache March" which is a charity benefit for Covenant House a teen shelter in Anchorage. The lengths I will go to to serve mankind.
Until we rub noses again!