Seward History

'Bits of History' with Lee Poleske – Part 3 of the Wada-Lowell Expedition

In this week’s ‘Bits of History’, Alfred Lowell and Jujiro Wada have returned to Seward after successfully passing over the route from Seward to the Iditarod gold fields, and have submitted a report on their findings.  Enjoy!

Important Update regarding the Mayor’s Cup Race this Saturday!

THE MAYOR’S CUP RACE HAS BEEN CANCELED DUE TO LACK OF SNOW.  However, the evening activities on Saturday at the IMS building and the Sunday Skijor race will continue as planned.

Schedule of Events for the

Celebration of the Wada-Lowell Expedition Centennial

Friday, 2/19  —  7pm, the Musher Mixer at First National Bank.  All are welcome for snacks and refreshments as this year’s racers in the Mayor’s Cup will be paired with their dog teams.

Saturday, 2/20 — Mayor’s Cup Race at Seavey Corner on Old Exit Glacier Road.  Starting at noon, join us for free hot dogs around the bonfire as the race festivities begin.  The race will follow at 1pm.  After the Mayor’s Cup, there will be Kid’s Fun Races with 1 or 2 dogs for the little ones.

7pm – An evening program will be held at the IMS building celebrating the centennial of the Wada-Lowell Expedition.  Featured will be a description of the expedition, the accomplishments of the Iditarod Trail Blazers and a video presentation of 2004 Iditarod Race.

Sunday, 2/21 —  UPDATE! The Skijor Race will be held at Trail River Campground (about Mile 24 of the Seward Highway) and will be a 4 mile, single dog run.  The race starts at noon, with someone there to register with by around 11am.

The current trail report for Trail River Campground: The temperature at Trail River is 35 degrees, it is raining lightly.  The winds have died down in the past two hours and the trail is holding up  pretty well.  Expect a fast, forgiving surface ideal for skate skiing.  Also, if you are into it, please sign the log book located on the SNSC kiosk located in front of the gate at the head of the trail.  The USFS is trying to get a bead on how many folks use Trail River.  Your participation is greatly appreciated.  Don’t fear the rain and enjoy the false spring corn snow.  Enjoy.

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