Some of my earliest memories of the Fur Rendezvous Festival in Anchorage, are of my parents putting my younger sister and myself in our super puffy marshmallow snowsuits and driving into town to watch the sled dog teams race over the snow. As a young boy the joy and excitement I felt watching those
dog teams as they were about to take off was exhilarating. They had so much energy and couldn’t wait for the musher to turn them loose on the trail!
Fur Rendezvous, or “Fur Rondy” as us locals like to call it, is the world’s number one winter carnival and goes on for ten days as the earth begins its tilt and winter slowly starts to become spring. The first event to kick off the festival is the sled dog races. Voted “Best Event” by the International Sled Dog Racing Association, this has been attracting mushers from Alaska and around the world since 1946. Produced in partnership with the Alaskan Sled Dog & Racing Association, the race pits sprint mushing teams
against each other over three days on the same 25-mile route, for a total of 75 miles.
I volunteered on the opening day to be out on the actual trail and provide live commentary as the dog teams passed my checkpoint. Being out on the trail, waiting in anticipation for the teams to get to me I felt that same excitement that I did all those years ago. There were teams from across the United States, of course Alaska, as well as Canada, Germany, and France. As I stood there watching them go by I couldn’t help but think of the amount of trust required, for both the musher and the dog team and it remined me of my job at the BBB. Just like those dogs trust the musher to take care of them in every sense of the word, the musher trusts that his dogs will get him down the trail and back.
Trust is the number one when it comes to all things BBB, and like those dog teams and mushers have trust in each other you know you can always start with trust at the BBB.