Groceries on the Iditarod trail is a more than 2000-mile journey
Much of the food that supporters and volunteers eat out on the Iditarod trail comes from out of state.
Some of the stores at the Anvik checkpoint special ordered groceries just for the race. Getting it to the town of less than 100 takes several trips.
By the time a bag of Doritos chips reach the shelves, they've traveled by truck and two planes.
For food at Renee Richardson's store, the journey starts in Seattle, then the groceries are trucked to Anchorage, flown to Aniak, and placed on planes to Anvik.
Richardson's store is the only place in town for fresh produce, but ordering it is always a gamble. Even if it makes it to Anchorage, it can end up sitting in an airport until it's already spoiled.
"Sometimes, like if the potatoes come in, they’re frozen, they go straight to the dump. You can’t sell them and I lose out on that," Richardson said.
Still, she says it's worth the risk.
"It's always good to have a fresh salad-- or kids enjoy the grapes," Richardson said. "It’s kind of like a treat here because you don’t have it very often," Richardson said.
Most of the time, Richardson's groceries get to Anvik in a week or two. But sometimes, it can be twice as long. Richardson says she's been waiting on a shipment of ice cream for more than a month.
"Sometimes it can be the vendor's fault, the airline's fault, or the weather," Richardson said.
Because of the extra costs, prices are about twice what they are in Anchorage.
A bottle of creamer, for example, has a price tag of nearly $10 at Richardson's store.
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