Alaska’s Iditarod joins a new global sled-dog-racing series

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The world’s most famous sled dog race has joined a new global circuit of long-distance sled dog racing.

Alaska’s 1,000-mile (1,610-kilometer) Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race has teamed with Norway pet food supplement company and series creator, Aker BioMarine, and other races in Minnesota, Norway and Russia for the inaugural QRILL Pet Arctic World Series, or QPAWS, next year.

Logistics are still being worked out, but the series will use a joint point system over a still-undetermined time frame, GPS tracking and an online platform to follow the racing teams.

Talks with potential broadcast outlets also are under way, organizers say.

The Iditarod will be the finale next March and longest race among those participating.

Discussions also are under way to ultimately add other races.

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