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Eye on the Trail: Symposium/Conference in the UP of Michigan

Mushers and teachers gathered at the Midwest Sled Dog Symposium and Iditarod Teacher’s Conference in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan this final weekend of September. Mother Nature has been stingy with the brilliant colors that typically mark fall but the air is crisp and morning temperatures are dipping lower and closer to the first frost. …

Eye on the Trail: Telephoto Story – McGrath Sunset

McGrath is an important communications, transportation and supply center for interior Alaska. The same is true for the Iditarod. McGrath is one of the major hubs for the race. The village hosts a checkpoint in the community center. A race logistics center is located in the Café near the airstrip. Once the race moves over …

Congratulations to our Grand Prize Raffle Winners!

It’s ‘thumbs up’ from Mr. Rod Udd, Anchorage Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM and congratulations to Darwin Fischer, Wasilla, and Kenneth Simpson, Soldotna, 2016 Dodge Ram 4×4 Pickup Truck winners in our 2016 Summer Raffle. Thank you Anchorage Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM for your support of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race®.   Tickets for the …

Eye on the Trail: Telephoto Story – The Past, Present and Future of Iditarod

Neither of these fellows have run a dog team to Nome but they represent the past, the present and the future of Iditarod. Who are these two fellows? What Iditarod volunteer job do these men have in common? Where was this photo taken?  Read on to find the answers to these questions. It’s Monday morning. …

Where Are They Now? Donna Gentry

By Joanne Potts, Assistant to the Race Director and Donna Massay Finishing in 10th place in the 1980 Iditarod, Donna Gentry was the first female to finish as rookie of the year.  She finished the race in 15 days, 16 hours, 39 minutes, and 6 seconds. Donna grew up in Laconia, New Hampshire. She explained …

Volunteer Spotlight: Gail Somerville

By Joanne Potts, Assistant to the Race Director and Gail Somerville Gail Somerville moved from Los Angeles to Alaska in 1978, just in time to watch the Iditarod finish on television at the Iditarod table at the Hilton Hotel in downtown Anchorage. She was immediately captured by the excitement and the mystic of individual mushers with …

Celebration of Life and Tribute to Cyndy Fritts

Cyndy Fritts, long time Iditarod volunteer and organizer of the Skwentna Sweeties, passed away on August 16, 2016 in Eagle River, AK. Cyndy will long be remembered for her warm and friendly personality, her sense of humor, her can do attitude and her generous gifts of time and talent in her role at Iditarod’s Skwentna Checkpoint. …

2016 Summer Raffle Winners Announced

Prize Winners Iditarod Trail Committee Raffle (Drawn September 5, 2016, State Fair, Palmer, AK)   Prize # Ticket # Winner Prize Donated By     1      0786   Darwin Fischer, Wasilla 2016 Dodge Ram 4×4 Pickup Truck, you pick color & options, or a similarly priced New Dodge, Jeep or Chrysler vehicle   …

Remembering Natalie Norris

Natalie Norris passed away on August 28, 2016 in her home in Willow, Alaska. Born in Lake Placid on Jan. 24, 1922, to John Chester and Edgarita Jubin, Natalie demonstrated her passion for sled dogs at an early age. One of her first memories was watching Jacques Suzanne drive his dogs past her house on …

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 …