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Eye on the Trail: Teacher on THE Trail

Annie Kelley, the 2017 Iditarod Teacher on the Trail stood on the runners of a dog sled today and took a team of seven dogs down the trail. Not just any trail, Kelley ran on a short segment of the National Iditarod Historic Trail in Knik, Alaska and she has a certificate signed by Iditarod …

Eye on the Trail: Rookie Review – Michael Baker

Twenty-nine year old Michael Baker was born in Denver, Colorado and about the time he turned twenty, he relocated to Boise, Idaho. His first experience with sled dogs came during the summer of 2009 when he worked on the Mendenhall Glacier as a dog handler for Gold Rush Dog Tours/Alaska Icefield Expeditions. Michael told the …

Eye on the Trail: Rookie Review – Ryan Anderson

Ryan Anderson – At the age of 35, Ryan Anderson is living his childhood dream – Running Iditarod. He’s new to the Last Great Race™, but certainly not new to mushing. When Ryan set his sights on running dogs, the family acquired ten Alaskan Huskies and the rest is history. He’s been around the sport …

Eye on the Trail: On the Ground in Anchorage

Good Morning Iditarod Family, Friends and Fans! Nice to be in Anchorage where there is really winter. I left Wisconsin, where there should be winter, in pouring rain after days of temperatures in the mid to upper 50’s. Grass is visible everywhere, ski trails have turned to treacherous icy slush, skating rinks have melted and …

Meet the 2017 IditaRiders!

Our 2017 IditaRiders are ready to launch their ride of a lifetime as they take off down Fourth Avenue for the Ceremonial Start on March 4th. You can learn all about them here as you prepare to cheer them on as they hop into the sled behind a team of charging huskies! Keep checking back …

Restart moved to Fairbanks on March 6th

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Feb. 10, 2017 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race restart to move to Fairbanks Anchorage, Alaska – Today, the Board of Directors of the Iditarod Trail Committee voted unanimously to move the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race restart location from Willow to Fairbanks due to the poor conditions of critical trail areas in …

Eye on the Trail: Distance Double

What does the first weekend in February have in common with the first weekend in March? Fans of long distance mushing don’t have to think twice to answer. It’s the start of the longest sled dog races on the North American Continent, the Yukon Quest and the Iditarod. On February 4th, twenty-eight days prior to …

ROD UDD PASSES AWAY, OWNER OF LONGTIME SPONSOR ANCHORAGE CHRYSLER DODGE JEEP RAM

The Iditarod, and all Alaskans, have lost a prominent businessman and benefactor with the passing of Rod Udd, 78, owner of Anchorage Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM SuperCenter. Rod was ill for sometime and passed on peacefully at home surrounded by family. He was born on August 25, 1938 in Yelm, Washington to Ragnar and Alice …

IditaRiders! Get Ready for Your Ride!

Hello IditaRiders! You will soon be headed down the trail for an 11 mile ride at the Start of the 2017 Iditarod!  Get Ready for your ride! Congratulations to the bidders and welcome to the 2017 IditaRider Adventure!   IditaRider Coordinator, Kerry Quade, will be coordinating your ride and week’s events.  Please watch for email and …

Eye on the Trail: Educator’s Conference in Chicago

Educators from around the Lower 48 gathered in the windy city of Chicago for an Iditarod Education Conference. States near and far were represented – Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana, Ohio, New Jersey and Massachusetts. The common goal for all educators in attendance was enhancing knowledge and resources for using the Iditarod to provide students with real …