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Culture and Tradition

The Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race as we know it today has evolved over decades; no, it has evolved over centuries because the Iditarod is deeply steeped in tradition and culture, a tribute to the Native Alaskans and the place dog teams hold in the lives of them and other people worldwide. And just as …

Bid! Win! Ride! The IditaRider Auction is Open!

Bid to win a ride at the start of the Iditarod on Saturday, March 4.  Winning bidders will have the best seat at the start of the race. That seat is in the basket of the musher’s sled!       Visit the auction site and place a bid on the musher of your choice. …

Eye on the Trail: Telephoto Story – Sleds to the Trail

What’s the rule for mushers sending sleds out to checkpoints on the trail? The past few years have proven that sleds can and do break. Coming through the Buffalo Tunnels or over the snow starved Farwell Burn can tax event the sturdiest of sleds. Also, different portions of the trail lend themselves better to faster …

Eye on the Trail: Iditarod and Beargrease Combine for Educator’s Conference

Duluth, Minnesota was the site of a conference in early November where educators gathered to learn more about the education programs and resources of Iditarod and the John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon. Educators far and wide know that sled dog based real life applications captivate and motivate students. This is the first time the two …

Battle Dawgs Helps our Nation’s Warriors Reintegrate Back into Everyday Life.

Iditarod finisher Rick Casillo, Chairman/Founder of Battle Dawgs, and his wife, Jennifer, Lieutenant Colonel Alaska Air National Guard, Combat Veteran​, own and operate Battle Dawgs. An incredible team (Board of Directors and staff) strives to help our combat veterans. Battle Dawgs provides year round outdoor rehabilitative and therapeutic retreats for combat veterans.  These camps are …

Joe Redington, Sr.

As we all reflect on, and honor our country’s veterans’ selfless service, it’s important to remember their contributions to their country and their culture beyond their service. Joe Redington Sr. is the ‘Father of the Iditarod’. He and Dorothy Page always shared their roles as the co-founders of “Last Great Race on Earth”. But it …

Declaration by Alaska State Legislature, February 28, 2005

  Declaration by the Alaska State Legislature, February 28, 2005 *HONORING * *THE VOLUNTEER CORPS OF THE IDITAROD SLED DOG RACE* *WHO HAVE PROUDLY SERVED OUR COUNTRY IN THE MILITARY*           “Fifty U.S. Army soldiers first blazed the historic Iditarod trail during the spring of 1972, which was the year before the first contemporary …

Iditarod Sign at Headquarters Falls and Will be Rebuilt

During a recent wind storm, our sign at Iditarod Headquarters in Wasilla fell to the ground.  We are working on a plan to replace our sign.  Please revisit this article over the next few months for updates.                          

Eye on the Trail: Telephoto Story – Heat of the Day

The heat of the day is a time when mushers often choose to rest. Late morning and the first few hours of the afternoon are when the temperatures peak and the sun, if out, is at it’s warmest. Resting the dogs during a time when mushers might personally prefer to run is a deliberately planned …

Focus on Volunteers: Richard Kelley

By Joanne Potts, Assistant to the Race Director and Richard Kelley Richard Kelley has been volunteering at the Iditarod since 2008. He was born and raised in southwestern Pennsylvania. He was raised in a log house built in the early 1800’s about 12 miles from where he now lives. He says that he was brought …