Wasilla is located forty-five miles north of Anchorage, nestled between Lake Lucille and Lake Wasilla and surrounded by the Chugach and Talkeetna Mountains. Wasilla was born during gold rush days and today is the Mat-Su Valley's major supply centre.
Wasilla is home to the Tesoro Iron-Dog 2000, the longest snowmobile race in the world, held annually in mid-February. Racers travel to
Nome then turn around and head for the finish in Fairbanks traversing some of Alaska’s most remote and rugged terrain while confronting some
of the harshest winter conditions. Survival skills are essential,
making it not only the longest, but the toughest snowmobile race in the
Wasilla gained international attention when Sarah Palin, who served as
Wasilla's mayor before her election as Governor of Alaska, was chosen
by John McCain as his vice-presidential running mate in the 2008 United
States presidential election. Incidentally, Governor Palin's husband
Todd has won the Tesoro Iron Dog four times.