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Eye on the Trail: The Stage is Set for the Jr. Iditarod

The stage is set for the 40th Jr. Iditarod. Earlier today mushers brought their dogs in for vet check. This evening they gathered for the bib draw, pizza, cake and race rule information. It will be a baker’s dozen, thirteen mushers will take to the trail on Saturday morning. In an earlier post, six of …

Eye on the Trail: Jr. Iditarod Mushers Attend Vet Check

Jr. Iditarod vet check was the happening at Iditarod Headquarters on Friday morning. The Veterinary team headed by Dr. Phil Meyers was on hand to screen the canine athletes and Race Marshal; Meredith Mapes assisted the vets and mushers with the necessary paperwork. Mushers will gather again later this evening at Iditarod Headquarters for the …

Eye on the Trail: Rookie Review – Paul Hansen

Iditarod has always been 61 year old Paul Hansen’s dream. Hansen was born and raised in Denver , Colorado. He graduated from Colorado State University in 1979 with a degree in Environmental Health. The following year, he moved to Kotzebue to work for the Public Health Service/Maniilaq Association. Part of Paul’s job was to travel …

Eye on the Trail: Rookie Review – Dave Delcourt

Dave Delcourt now calls Wasilla, AK home. Delcourt, age 29, was born and raised in Queensbury, New York. After graduating from the State University of New York at Cortland, Delcourt pursued seasonal employment in Idaho, Massachusetts, Michigan and Alaska. Michigan is where he was first exposed to the sport of mushing as a winter tour …

Eye on the Trail: Jr. Iditarod Honors Stan and Sally Smith

  The Jr. Iditarod salutes Stan as Sally Smith as the honorary mushers for the 2017 race. The Smiths will be wearing bib #1 for the start of the 40th Jr. Iditarod. The race will begin on Saturday Feb 25th at 10:00 am within shouting distance of Joe and Vi Redington’s former home place on Knik …

Eye on the Trail: Rookie Review – Dr. Joe Carson

Dr. Joe Carson is a 4th generation Alaskan.  Given his long term familial ties to the Last Frontier, it just seems right that Joe should be standing on the runners of a dog sled and running a team of Alaskan Huskies in the Last Great Race™.  He says, “There is nothing like being on the …

Eye on the Trail: Rookie Review – Otto Balogh

For the first time ever, the Hungarian flag will be displayed at the Iditarod start and finish to welcome Otto Balogh of Budapest, Hungry to Iditarod. Balogh is one of many who have found their way to mushing and the Iditarod through reading Jack London. Traveling has been as much of a childhood dream for …

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 …