Daybreak’s Workforce Wednesday featured about jobs that make the Iditarod run.
A recent study on the Last Great Race found that a single day during the race was worth about $7-$8 million in new money for the state economy.
Race director Stan Hooley said the impact can be far greater when you consider the race is 10-14 days long and spans 1,000 miles in western Alaska. Dozens of behind-the-scenes jobs are needed for the race in areas like telecommunications, aviation, environmental science and health care.
There are roughly 1,500 Iditarod volunteers and several employees in support services.
“To make this race happen we need a lot of generalists, but we also need a lot of specialists,” Hooley said. “People with aviation backgrounds play a huge role in what we do.”
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