What will I be doing at the Iditarod?


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February 7th 2018
Published: February 7th 2018
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I'm excited to be planning my trip. I have several volunteer jobs lined up for the duration. Though I want to get as varied an experience as I can, I know I'll have time to play, too!

The main job I'll be doing there is working with the Communications Team. I don't know the details yet, but as I understand it, we will be the information repository for the race. That job will start for me on Monday, the day after the official start of the Iditarod. We will be collecting and sharing data from the checkpoints, entering it into spreadsheets, issuing reports, and certainly more activities.

Before the race, I have a short stint at the Registration Desk on one of the evenings, helping mushers and volunteers check in for the week, and will be helping with visitors and VIPs the day of the Ceremonial Start.

For the start of the Iditarod, I'll be on site in Willow, helping out where ever needed; I hope to have a job in the start area for part of the time. I also want to be able to just watch and experience the event, with no responsibilities except to BE there!

Of course, there's more to the trip than work! My COM team work will be from 6 AM to noon daily, so in the afternoon, I plan to try to get out and do some snowshoeing, hiking, or whatever I can come up with. I'm hoping to find a way to get away the big city some evening to see the Aurora Borealis if the conditions are right!

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22nd February 2018

Seeing the Aurora Borealis.....
....would be so cool!
22nd February 2018

That's on my list of "I hope I get the opportunity!" I've always wanted to see them at some point, so I'm hoping for clear skies!

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