By Tommy Wells
Seward Phoenix Log 

Trailblazers hold 25th anniversary gala for Iditarod Trail Bike Path


Tommy Wells

A future trailblazer poses for a photo in front of the Seward Iditarod Trailblazers banner.

The Iditarod Trail reached a different type of milestone on Sunday afternoon. Well, at least the first part of it did.

The Seward Iditarod Trailblazers celebrated the 25th anniversary of the installation of a bike path on the first mile of the trail that led from Seward to the goldfield in Iditarod and Nome. The bike path originally constructed in 1992 and currently runs from the Mile 0 marker to past the Seward Boat Harbor. In that span, the trail runs past several of Seward attractions, including the historic Alaska Railroad Depot and Hoben Park, the Jujiro Wada Memorial Statue, the Founders' Monument, the remains of the 800-foot U.S. Army dock and the Japanese gazebo, which was a gift from the City of Seward's sister city, Obihiro.

"I think it (the celebration) went pretty well," said Trailblazers' secretary Linda Sewell, noting the event was also designed to highlight National Trails Day. "We had about 100 people out. Considering the weather, I feel like that was pretty good."

As part of the celebration, the Trailblazers served a custom-made cake, complete with the Iditarod National Historic Trail logo, as well gave away hot dogs and hourly prizes to those who braved the rain and chilly air.


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