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Alaska Day: North to the Future

Hello Boys and Girls, The Iditarod offices will be closed tomorrow, Thursday October 18. In Alaska, many businesses don’t close for Columbus Day so that they can celebrate Alaska Day instead. Alaska Day is the anniversary of the formal transfer of the territory and the raising of the U.S. flag at Sitka on October 18, …


Eye on the Trail: Stokey and Cooke in Nome

Claiming 66th place in Iditarod XLIV is Sarah Stokey.  Sarah and her fiancee, Travis Beals, operate Turning Heads Kennel near Seward, Alaska.  Sarah and Travis became engaged when Travis completed his rookie run in 2013.  He proposed and she accepted under the burled arch. Sarah was running the kennel’s puppy team.  Her goal was to …


XLI Iditarod Champion – Mitch Seavey

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE MITCH SEAVEY FIRST INTO NOME – IDITAROD XLI CHAMPION     Nome, Alaska – Tuesday, March 12, 2013 – IDITAROD XLI Musher Mitch Seavey (Bib # 36) of Seward, Alaska arrived into Nome, Alaska and crossed under the burled arch at 22:39 Alaska Time with 10 dogs on his team claiming his …


Mitch Seavey Wins Wells Fargo Gold Coast Award!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE MITCH SEAVEY FIRST INTO UNALAKLEET – WINS WELLS FARGO GOLD COAST AWARD   Nome, Alaska – Sunday, March 10, 2013 – Mitch Seavey (Bib# 36) of Seward, Alaska arrived into Unalakleet as the leader in the 2013 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race at 10:13 Alaska Time.  Seavey arrived into Unalakleet with 11 …


Iditarod Trail History Speaks

by Martha Dobson The Iditarod Trail is an official historic trail, running from Seward, Alaska to Nome, Alaska. When it was first used, men, and a few women, who were looking for new prospects turned to the lure of gold, disembarking a boat in Seward and beginning their trek for fortunes. 2012 is the fourth …


Musher Wears Two Bibs

By Terrie Hanke Musher, Dan Seavey, of Seward, Alaska drew bib #65 at the musher banquet prior to the 40th running of Iditarod but today he was wearing bib#100. Seavey rolled into McGrath with fourteen spirited dogs at 13:08 on Thursday afternoon. His first order of business was to bed down and feed the team. …


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 …


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 …


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 …


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 …