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Sharing My Iditarod Story by Andrew DeGraw, Race Volunteer

By Andrew DeGraw Our snowmobile group back in the early 70s struck up a conversation with Joe Reddington.  He mentioned the run to Nome and asked if we would be willing to go out and break trail and set signs along the trail for the Iditarod.   The preparations were carefully made.  Making sure each …

Eye on the Trail: Telephoto Story – Buser and King Honored

Iditarod icons Martin Buser and Jeff King have been honored as inductees of the Alaska Sports Hall of Fame. The ceremony took place on April 27th at the Anchorage Museum of History and Art. Iditarod fans know these two guys are among the handful of people who have claimed Iditarod Gold four times. That, in …

Eye on the Trail: Telephoto Story – “Here Comes the Bride”

As Noah Burmeister and his Idita-rider, Natalie Miller, mushed the eleven-mile Ceremonial Start trail, the background music could have been “Here Comes the Bride.” Miller and Burmeister met last year through Iditarod when Natalie and her mother were Idita-riders. Mom rode with Noah and Natalie rode with another musher. Natalie and Noah were recently married …

Martin Buser and Jeff King Inducted into the Alaska Sports Hall of Fame

Congratulations to Martin Buser and Jeff King for being selected to be inducted into the Alaska Sports Hall of Fame. The Reception and Ceremony was held Thursday, April 27, at the Anchorage Museum Atrium, from 7 – 9 p.m. We extend our congratulations to Martin and Jeff and other inductees on this honor.  Each year …

Eye on the Trail: Zoom Lens – Caption This

Right after Dave Delcourt arrived in Nome on St. Patrick’s Day, I noticed this vehicle parked in front of the Nome Nugget.  The alleged driver and passenger were very interested in what was going down at the Burled Arch.  Have some fun with this – come up with a caption. Here are a few – “The only …

2017 IDITAROD WINTER RAFFLE WINNERS ANNOUNCED

2017 IDITAROD WINTER RAFFLE WINNERS ANNOUNCED Anchorage, Alaska – The 2017 Iditarod Winter Raffle drawing was conducted at 3:10 p.m. today at the Great Alaska Sportsman’s Show at Sullivan Arena in Anchorage. Twenty raffle ticket holders now share in $176,000 in prizes, which includes four (4)2017 Ram 4×4 Quad Cab pickup trucks. The Iditarod Trail …

Eye on the Trail: Telephoto Story – Cape Nome Mirage

Cindy Abbott arrived in Nome as the Red Lantern musher of Iditarod XLV. After leaving Safety, she like all the mushers made the long climb over Cape Nome then eventually drop onto the frozen Bering Sea. In this photo, Cape Nome is the backdrop as Cindy gets closer by the minute to the Burled Arch. …

Eye on the Trail: Telephoto Story – Finisher’s Banquet 2017

The count down for Iditarod XLVI has begun. The clock is ticking in the left side bar on the front page of Iditarod.com. As time passes and the start of the 46th Iditarod on March 3rd of 2018 draws closer one second at a time, there’s no better occasion to look back at Iditarod XLV. Is …

Eye on the Trail: Awards for Iditarod XLV

Iditarod XLV Special Awards Presented at Finisher’s Banquet in Nome Lakefront Anchorage First Musher to the Yukon Award Nicolas Petit – Tanana $3,500 in freshly minted $1 bills and five-course gourmet meal   PenAir Spirit of Alaska Award Wade Marrs – Ruby $500 flight credit and John Van Zyle Art   GCI Dorothy G. Page …

Iditarod Air Force: lifeblood of the race

Forget Alaska-based aviation reality television shows––the Iditarod Air Force pilots are the real deal. With twenty-eight pilots comprising 300,000-plus cumulative flight hours––over 200,000 of which are in Alaska––there is no better group of pilots to call upon to grapple the logistical soup that is Iditarod. These volunteer pilots fly straw bales, drop bags, checkpoint volunteers, …