Alaska January 31, 2020
Run With The Reindeer During Fur Rondy, The 85-Year-Old Alaska Winter Festival
Every year, locals and tourists alike head to Anchorage, Alaska for a fun winter festival. Fur Rondy has been an established event for 85 years, and for good reason. With so many events to see and so much fun to be had, you have to put this festival on your winter bucket list!
Fur Rondy is a fabulous winter event that takes place in downtown Anchorage, Alaska each winter.
It's held each February in the lead up to the Iditarod. Fur Rondy is celebrated for ten long days, until the Sunday after the start of the Iditarod.
This festival is actually the largest winter event in Alaska.
Over the course of ten days, there are almost 50 different events, all fun, wacky, and a great way to brighten a winter's day. There are also 20 cultural and sporting activities and events, like the Running Of The Reindeer.
Similar to Spain's "Running of the Bulls," "Running With The Reindeer" is exactly that.
Runners head out ahead of the reindeer, and make their way down 4th Avenue in downtown Anchorage. The reindeer quickly catch up, and the athletes have to dodge out of the way!
This is a far tamer event then "Running With The Bulls," and there are rarely injuries; just a lot of laughter!
For 13 years, this has been the perfect event for the whole family to enjoy. The costumes the runners wear are fun to spot and make it easy to watch.
This event requires prior registration if you're going to participate.
For $30.00 you can have the thrill of a lifetime running away from the sprinting reindeer. You can also purchase a commemorative t-shirt for $10.00 if you want to remember this event in style! The best part is that the funds raised are donated to Toys for Tots.
There's also so many other awesome events all through Fur Rondy, like the Blanket Toss.
Stick around for fireworks, snow sculptures, a carnival, and so much more. There's even a couple more races, including the Frostbite Footrace, and the crazy Outhouse Races!
This year Fur Rondy runs from Saturday, February 22nd through Sunday, March 8th.
The Running with the Reindeer event takes place on Saturday, March 7th. If you can only hit a couple of events during Fur Rondy, this one should make the top of your list!
Have you ever watched or participated in this crazy event? What did you think? Let us know in the comments below!
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