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Rookie Symposium Concludes

The 2 day mandatory training for rookies signed up for the 2017 Iditarod has concluded.  They heard from veteran mushers like Aliy Zirle and Allen Moore in Anchorage on Saturday.  On Sunday the 18 rookies met at Vern Halters “Dream A Dream Kennels” in Willow and enjoyed lectures from Dallas Seavey, DeeDee Jonrowe, Wade Marrs, …


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 …


Why They Run-Man’s Best Friend


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. …


How Long Is It?

Hello Fellow Educators! The season of Fall is nearing an end and hopefully you are continuing to “fall” into the depths of the Iditarod Dog Sled Race in Alaska. As a retired sled dog, I had plenty of time to rest up this past summer and travel around with my owners and children from the …


Dallas Seavey


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 …