Iditarod joins newly formed global racing series

A musher drives his team across the frozen Norton Sound near Nome, Alaska, during the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in March 1996. The 25th version of the annual race will start its 1,150-mile run from Anchorage to Nome on March 1. (AP Photo/Al Grillo)
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ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - The Iditarod announced Friday it will join Qrill Pet Arctic World Series Along with the last great race the 2020 series will include: John Beargrease in Minnesota, Femundlopet in Norway, and Volga Quest in Russia.

The series' corporate backer Aker Biomarine brand name pet nutrition is Qrill Pet, and QPAWS is a non-profit sports series through the company.

The series is based on a joint point system, and television production according to a press release Friday.

“We are proud to be a part of QPAWS, along with the Femundlopet, Volga Quest and John Beargrease,” said Iditarod CEO Rob Urbach in a press release Friday. “With the investments in digital visualization technology and innovative television production, we have great confidence that we will be showcasing our sport in a more experiential and compelling way.”

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