Behind the scenes at Iditarod 2011
Angie Taggart participated in her first Iditarod race in 2011.
March 2nd, 2012
12:05 PM ET

Behind the scenes at Iditarod 2011

In 2011, CNN.com went on a never-before-seen journey through Alaska during the Iditarod.  A rookie Iditarod racer, 36-year-old teacher Angie Taggart, agreed to strap Go-Pro cameras to her sled and forehead and record her two weeks on the trail.

Rookie cries at Iditarod start

After training herself and her dogs for years, Angie had a jittery start, filled with anxiety and tears for the 1,150 miles that lay ahead of her.

Rookie crashes on Iditarod trail

Angie had to quickly get get her bearings, because she soon faced the biggest challenge of the race, the infamous Dalzell Gorge, where the trail drops hundreds of feet in only two miles.

Dogs slip on icy Iditarod trail

The weather was always a concern for Angie, so when she and her dogs faced thick sheets of ice from one side of the trail to the other, she was unsure if she could get them across.

Iditarod rookie takes wrong turn

Nearing the finish, Angie and her dogs got bad directions and ended up going the wrong way.

Taggart is not racing in this year’s Iditarod, but she’s spent the past year raising and training her dogs to race on Jan Steve’s team.  Taggart will be helping out on the trail, at checkpoints Nikolai and Nome. She said that nine of her 12 dogs will be in the race this year. And next year? "Who knows," she told CNN. "Maybe next year I will mush under that arch once again." You can see more videos from the 2012 race on CNN.com/Video

 


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  1. Franny

    This is a cruel, and ugly sport! Period!

    March 4, 2012 at 8:00 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Jim

      Franny, I assume you also think that horses running races and people running marathons is cruel

      March 4, 2012 at 8:57 am | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      Congratulations on your self assured ignorance.

      March 4, 2012 at 9:23 am | Report abuse |
    • Brad

      I guarantee these dogs are treated better and given better care than any dog you have ever owned. They also have way more fun.

      March 4, 2012 at 9:33 am | Report abuse |
    • Hugh Jass

      Are you talking about boxing?

      March 4, 2012 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
  2. t3chsupport

    Sled dogs have to run. To not allow them to run is far more cruel than having them pull a sled. People get huskies in the city, and they can't figure out why they destroy their yards, furniture, everything else – it's because if they aren't running, they're neurotic. They have to run. They have to have a job to do, and they have to do it to reach fulfillment just like any person who has a strong inborn passion. Keeping them just on a leash, or in a yard, or on a chain, and just walking them a couple of times a day is cruel.

    March 4, 2012 at 10:25 am | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Superman

    @@@@@@every supporter of this race.......:;,,,,,,,,,,,, thank you for your support,,,,,, its a true race these people sit around trying to figure ways to ruin traditional practices of other states. It makes me sick when these arm chair complainers do nothing in there lifes but try to regulate other peoples lifes, its these kind of people that threaten the very foundation of others lifes and they know it!

    March 4, 2012 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Superman

    Arm chair regulators need to stay home and out of sports all together, please do not try to ever better your life and enjoy the outdoors it might be good for you

    March 4, 2012 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. chrissy

    @ superman, dear, you already know there are *negative nellies* everywhere! They will find or make up negativity to EVERY topic! Dont stress yourself, its not worth it!

    March 4, 2012 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Superman

    @@@JIMBO! How i got this name is non of your bussiness, lets just say this south central america for 3 yrs , leave it at that you figure the rest! The majority of handlers i know treat there dogs the same as someone who is a city dweller such as your self. Ive never been aquainted with any abusive handlers, or submissive beaters so you need to back up until you have spent time around these dogs in there natural surroundings and how they are cared for than you have ni voice in the matter!

    March 4, 2012 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  7. Superman

    @chrissy im done until whenever ,but your right about the nellies though its tiring as hell for them its amazing how they can bag on something so important to alaska , and blow it up. These mush teams are vital to life in alaska! PERIOD! But thanks for bringing me down, i just got home after riding 85 miles on my bicycle and i feel like a million bucks, maybe i was beaten into riding like that! And im 50yrs old.

    March 4, 2012 at 8:55 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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