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Remembering Al Marple: Service to be Held July 30

Allen Ray Marple (72), passed away on July 23 2016 at Providence Hospital in Anchorage. Al was born on May 6, 1944 in Fergus Falls, MN.  He grew up on a farm in Grant County, MN before his family moved to Duluth, MN where he graduated from Clover Valley High School in 1962.  Allen, a …

Iditarod Sponsor, the Lakefront Hotel, to hold their 4th Annual Beer and Bacon Festival

Longtime Iditarod Sponsor, the Lakefront Hotel, is holding their 4th Annual Beer and Bacon Festival on Saturday, July 30th from 1-6pm.  4-Time Iditarod Champion Dallas Seavey will be available for a meet and greet between 2-3pm and immediately following will be crowning the Bacon eating champion.  Whomever eats 50 pieces of bacon quickest, wins.  Alaskan …

Eye on the Trail: Telephoto Story – Making History

It’s Unalakleet in 2011.  This musher is preparing to depart the checkpoint to cover the remaining 300 miles to Nome. As he booted his team, he didn’t know he was on course for setting not one but two Iditarod records.  What he hoped was that his strategy of “racing” once he got to the Yukon …

Spotlight on Volunteers: Cheryl Zachary

When Cheryl first learned of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race© in 1992, she was living on Whidbey Island, Washington, where she met Bob and Connie Hendershott. Cheryl said, “We shared the love of dogs and in talking, they shared their love of the Iditarod.”  Since they had never been to Alaska and since Cheryl …

Where Are They Now? Dick Mackey

In 1978, after mushing 1000 miles across the remote Alaska wilderness, Dick Mackey won the most exciting victory in the history of the Iditarod, defeating defending champion Rick Swenson by one second.   A legendary race full of gamesmanship and intrigue, Mackey and Swenson had been dueling for hundreds of miles along with Emmitt Peters and …

Eye on the Trail: 40th Jr. Iditarod has Early Entries

The 40th Jr. Iditarod has its first entrants. The Jr. event began accepting registrations on the same day registration opened for Iditarod. At the end of the day, three junior mushers had indicated their intention to compete in the 150-mile race that begins on February 25, 2017. The first Jr. Musher to turn her registration in …

Eye on the Trail: Chapter One of Iditarod XLV

It was a busy day at Iditarod Headquarters in Wasilla, Alaska. Yes, at one time there were three tour busses in the parking lot but the real hustle and bustle was about the Musher Sign-up and Volunteer Picnic. It’s the event that thanks volunteers from the previous race and records the first mushers to sign-up …

2017 Iditarod Signups

June 25th marks the first day of signups for the 2017 Iditarod.  The final day to sign up is December 1. 52 Mushers signed up today.  29 mushers were on location to sign up.  23 mushers sent their registrations to Headquarters.  View the list of mushers. Read the press release about the June 25th sign …

Eye on the Trail: Teachers at Summer Camp Enjoy Speakers

Teachers attending Summer Camp had a full day of dynamic speakers on their last day of “formal class.”  Presentors included historian Katie Manglesdorf, Chief Iditarod Veterinarian Stu Nelson, and musher Aliy Zirkle. Katie Mangelsdorf has written “Champion of Alaska Huskies – Joe Redington Sr. Father of the Iditarod.” If you want to get into the …

Eye on the Trail: Teachers Visit Iditarod Artist

Iditarod artist Jon Van Zyle and his wife Jona welcomed the teachers into their kennel, studio and home. Jon creates a print and poster to commemorate each Iditarod. His works are intricate and beautiful. Jon has raced in The Last Great Race and is a member of the Iditarod Hall of Fame for his generous …