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What’s a whipsled you say?

In the 11-mile ceremonial start of the Iditarod race, the girls will each be riding a “whipsled” – which is a second sled pulled behind the main musher. The whipsled rider’s job is to help with a secondary brake and to lend a hand with the dogs. In this video, you can see Kristy Berington and her previous whipsled rider. You will also see a person riding in the basket of the musher’s sled – they are known as an “Iditarider” and they pay to ride – sometimes up to $7,500.00!