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G is for Gee

The 2017 Jr. Iditarod has come to a close.  The final musher, Hannah Mahoney, arrived shortly after the banquet ended.  Over all the it was a great race and the mushers showed so much strength and perseverance!   We had another grand adventure back to the Willow Community Center today, which started with a broken snow …


F is for Fairbanks: Go with the Flow

Being flexible and going with the flow has been the name of the game today.  My day started out at Knik Lake, with the beginning of the Jr. Iditarod.  This year there are thirteen mushers ages 14-17 years old racing.  They each started with a team of 10 dogs (except one who started with 9), …


Meet the 2017 IditaRiders!

Our 2017 IditaRiders are ready to launch their ride of a lifetime as they take off down Fourth Avenue for the Ceremonial Start on March 4th. You can learn all about them here as you prepare to cheer them on as they hop into the sled behind a team of charging huskies! Keep checking back …


Eye on the Trail: Jr. Iditarod from Yentna

The Jr. Iditarod start couldn’t have been more beautiful. The clouds were low on Knik Lake as the dog trucks came in to park. The temperatures were mild with no wind. The clouds lifted, Mother Nature’s artistic beauty was revealed in the hoar frost that covered the trees all the way around the lake. Incredible …


Iditarod In The Classroom


Junior Iditarod

Hi Boys and Girls, While we are all getting really excited about the Iditarod starting next weekend, there is a group of young mushers very excited about today. Today is the 40th start of the Junior Iditarod. This year 13 young mushers will be participating in this race. The Junior Iditarod is for mushers aged …


Eye on the Trail: The Stage is Set for the Jr. Iditarod

The stage is set for the 40th Jr. Iditarod. Earlier today mushers brought their dogs in for vet check. This evening they gathered for the bib draw, pizza, cake and race rule information. It will be a baker’s dozen, thirteen mushers will take to the trail on Saturday morning. In an earlier post, six of …


E is for Establish: History of the Trail

The last few days I have spent time at schools giving presentations about the Iditarod.  A question that came up quite a bit was why was the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race created?  And what a great question that is! Most people believe that the Iditarod started to commemorate the historic serum run, in which …


Zoom Lens: Jr. Iditarod and Vet Check

When I’m asked when does Iditarod start, I reply the last Saturday of February.  Folks in the know would try to correct me, saying Iditarod begins the first Saturday of March.  But for me, because I work as the starter/timer for the Jr. Iditarod, the whole Iditarod scene begins to unfold with the Jr. race. …


Eye on the Trail: Jr. Iditarod Mushers Attend Vet Check

Jr. Iditarod vet check was the happening at Iditarod Headquarters on Friday morning. The Veterinary team headed by Dr. Phil Meyers was on hand to screen the canine athletes and Race Marshal; Meredith Mapes assisted the vets and mushers with the necessary paperwork. Mushers will gather again later this evening at Iditarod Headquarters for the …