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. 27-March 8, 2015. Known locally as Fur Rondy, 2015 marks the 80th 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. One of the great events is Yukigassen, a team snowball fight tournament that joined the lineup in 2011.
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