Remembering a 1991 sled dog race that united two nations
Published: May. 19, 2023 at 7:42 PM AKDT
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) - In 1991, the Cold War was coming to an end. The border between Alaska and the Soviet Union had been closed for over 40 years, but the icy curtain was thawing.
Alaskans were excited to find ways to build bridges of friendship between the Arctic neighbors. There was the Friendship Flight to Provideniya, the Alaska governor’s trips to Russia on trade missions. And there was a sled dog race. In Russia they called it “Nadyezhda” — which means “Hope” in English.
Hope Race ‘91. A race that reached across the Bering Strait. A race about dogs, culture and friendship.
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