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2011 Iditarod race - Checkpoints and distances

March 7, 2011

2011 Iditarod Race News: Digging around between the Official Iditarod website and the Official Iditarod Race Guide, I've reproduced the table below of the Iditarod race checkpoints and the distances between the checkpoints.

There are a couple of differences in the Iditarod checkpoint distances between the website and the guide, so I've used the distances from the official website wherever there was a discrepancy. I'll try to figure out which source of information is correct.

Actually, I'm very curious to know if either source is correct, because at the race yesterday they stated the distance as 1,049 miles, which is different from what is published on the website and in the race guide.

2011 Iditarod checkpoints and distances

Putting all that aside for a few moments, here are the 2011 Iditarod checkpoints and distances as I know them today:

Iditarod Race Leg (Checkpoints) Distance Total Distance
Anchorage to Campbell Airstrip 20 20
Campbell Airstrip to Willow 29 49
Willow Lake to Yentna Station 52 115
Yentna Station to Skwentna 34 149
Skwentna to Finger Lake 45 194
Finger Lake to Rainy Pass 30 224
Rainy Pass to Rohn 48 272
Rohn to Nikolai 75 347
Nikolai to McGrath 54 401
McGrath to Takotna 18 419
Takotna to Ophir 25 444
Ophir to Iditarod 90 534
Iditarod to Shageluk 65 599
Shageluk to Anvik 25 624
Anvik to Grayling 18 642
Grayling to Eagle Island 60 702
Eagle Island to Kaltag 70 772
Kaltag to Unalakleet 90 862
Unalakleet to Shaktoolik 40 902
Shaktoolik to Koyuk 58 960
Koyuk to Elim 48 1008
Elim to Golovin 28 1036
Golovin to White Mountain 18 1054
White Mountain to Safety 55 1109
Safety to Nome 22 1131

I hope this list of the Iditarod checkpoints and distances is helpful. As I've mentioned here before, this is my first Iditarod race here in Alaska, and I'm trying to follow it and absorb it all in as much as time permits.

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