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Volunteer Spotlight: Audra and Dick Forsgren

By Joanne Potts, Assistant to the Race Director Audra and Dick Forsgren came to Alaska in 1956 with their two small children, Keith and Connie.  Dick was just out of the service and his first job was with the Civil Aeronautics Authority (a forerunner to the FAA) in Galena.  Audra says that when they landed …

Where Are They Now? Ernie Baumgartner

By Joanne Potts, Assistant Race Director & Natalie Baumgartner Ernie Baumgartner moved to Alaska with his family when he was a child. He has lived all over Alaska including Klawock in Southeast Alaska, Homer, Fairbanks/North Pole, Bethel, his parent’s homestead near Delta Junction, and McGrath where he first moved in 1971 with his wife Natalie …

Replacing our Roof – Thanks to Rasmuson Foundation and Race Fans

As many of you know, the Iditarod Trail Committee has been successful in obtaining partial Rasmuson Foundation grant funds to replace the original cedar shingle roof of the ITC Headquarters in Wasilla built in 1986. We are so very thankful that the Rasmuson Foundation has awarded the ITC needed capital funds to replace our roof. …

Teachers, Learn about the Iditarod, in North Carolina!

Registration for an educators workshop is now open, for an event in October. Find out more here… Or, find out more about events scheduled elsewhere in the Lower 48, here.

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 …