More than 15 zany events and 100 other activities are found at Alaska's largest and oldest winter festival, Anchorage Fur Rendezvous, which is slated for Feb. 21-March 2, 2014. Known locally as Fur Rondy, 2014 marks the 79th year.
The event started in 1935 as a three-day sporting event timed to coincide with the return of miners and trappers loaded down with the fruits of a winter of work. The original event featured skiing, hockey, basketball, boxing and a children's sled dog race down Fourth Avenue.
Sports are still a big part of Anchorage Fur Rendezvous, but sprinting before reindeer or steering the fastest outhouse on skis put Rondy in a league of its own for competitive spirit. Fan favorites such as the Outhouse Races and Running of the Reindeer, a mad dash down the streets of Anchorage with caribou at the racers' heels, always draws a crowd. In the Rondy World Championship Sled Dog Races, dog teams and their mushers complete three high-speed, all-out 25-mile loops over three days with the fastest elapsed time the winner. The competition, which began in 1946, is considered the grandfather of all Alaska races! One of the newest events is Yukigassen, a team snowball fight tournament that joined the lineup in 2011.
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