The Two Rivers musher holds the record for Iditarod titles
World Eskimo-Indian Olympics
The annual games in Fairbanks include seal skinning, muktuk
eating and the blanket toss.
The defensive back from Fairbanks led the Seahawks with four
interceptions in 2003.
Growden Memorial Park
The stadium is home to the Fairbanks Goldpanners, a summer
college-league team whose alumni include Barry Bonds and Jason
Giambi. Each June the Goldpanners play a Midnight Sun game that
starts at 10:30 p.m.--in full daylight. The game is a Fairbanks
tradition dating back to 1905.
The Nanooks have won the last five NCAA riflery championships.
The Swiss-born musher, who won his fourth Iditarod in 2002, lives
in Big Lake.
The highest peak in North America was summited by 688 people in
Mount St. Elias
This magnet for climbers is the second-highest peak in the U.S.,
at 18,008 feet.
Racers scramble up and down the 3,022-foot peak in Seward every
Alyeska Ski Resort
The Girdwood property will host this year's U.S. Alpine
The Army base (pop. 15,695) near Anchorage is Alaska's SI
Sportstown for having the best community sports programs.
The Seawolves host the Great Alaska Shootout hoops event each
The last living member of Admiral Byrd's 1928 Antarctic
expedition, this Anchorage native finished the 1992 Iditarod at
The ESPN analyst from Anchorage won three Super Bowl rings as a
guard with the Redskins and the Broncos.
The Anchorage-based hockey team is the state's only pro sports
In '88 the Anchorage man made the first solo ascent of Mount
McKinley in winter.
The four-time Olympian from Anchorage won a record 18 national
cross-country ski titles from 1994 to 2002.
The two-time Olympian from Kasilof placed 13th at the 2002 Salt
Lake City Games, the best finish ever by a U.S. biathlete.
Dog Musher's Hall of Fame
The museum is in Knik (the main stop on the Iditarod trail),
where dogs outnumber people.
This Aleutian island is a mecca for birders because of the Asian
birds that land there.
COLOR MAP: MAP ILLUSTRATION BY JOE ZEFF JUNEAU
COLOR PHOTO: SAM HARREL/NEWS-MINER (GROWDEN PARK)
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