Author: Terrie Hanke (236 posts)


Insider Features Ryne Olson and Ryan Redington

Twenty-seven year old Ryne Olson has registered for the 2016 Iditarod.  Olson completed her rookie Iditarod run in 2012.  Since then she’s competed in the Yukon Quest 300 mile event and in 2015 she added the Yukon Quest 1,000 miles to her list of accomplishments.  Use this link to view the Insider interview with Ryne …


Insider Features Rick Casillo and Kristy Berington

Rick Casillo has finished Iditarod seven times including his rookie run in 2004.  He’s back for the the trip to Nome in 2016.  Casillo finished in 57th place in his rookie run.  Over his seven year career he’s improved to 26th place.  When he made the Burled arch in 2015, there was a very unexpected …


Insider Features Paige Drobny and Noah Pereira

Paige Drobny is in for a distance double of 1,000 mile sled dog races for 2016.  She’s signed up for the Yukon Quest which begins on February 6th in Fairbanks followed by the Iditarod which begins on March 5th in Anchorage.  The remarkable sled dog gains in strength while racing.  Doing the distance double brings …


Insider Features Charley Bejna and Ellen Halverson

Charley Bejna who for the past 25 years has operated Charley’s Landscaping in Addison, Illinois has signed up for his fourth Iditarod.  His first attempt at Nome was in 2013.  He covered 700 miles of the trail before scratching in Unalakleet. Finishing in 41st place in 2014, he earned the coveted finisher’s belt buckle.  In …


Insider Features Robert Redington and Melissa Owens Stewart

Robert Redington will be joining his brothers Ray Jr. and Ryan on the Iditarod trail in 2016. Parents, Barb and Raymie Redington, will have their hands and hearts full as they support their three sons in their quests for Nome. Robert, age 27, is a rookie for the 2016 Iditarod. He started mushing not as …


Insider Features Cody Strathe and Jodi Bailey

Cody Strathe is in for a distance double of 1,000-mile sled dog races for 2016. He’ll make his first run to Nome in Iditarod XLIV a couple of short weeks after he competes in the 2016 Yukon Quest. Cody won’t be the only Squid Acres musher to make the distance double, Strathe’s wife and kennel …


Insider Features Anna Berington and Alan Eischens

Anna Berington came to Alaska to get into sled dogs. However it was long before moving to the Last Frontier that Anna became familiar with mushing. Anna and twin sister Kristy built their first dog sled using a pair of downhill skies and a milk crate. Their first pulling dogs were a Border Collie and …


Insider features Rookies Bacon and Helwig

Kristen Bacon came to Iditarod volunteering as one of the Skwentna Sweeties. She was introduced to Ryan Redington out at Skwentna during the 2011 race. A few weeks later, she acquired her first sled dog(s), a female named Libby and her eight pups. The friend who introduced her to Redington is of Japanese descent so …


Eye on the Trail: Jeff Schultz – Thirty-five years of Iditarod Photography

Featured speaker at the Midwest Musher Symposium and Teacher’s Conference in the UP of Michigan was Official Iditarod Photographer, Jeff Schultz. Schultz, who resides in Anchorage, has been on the Iditarod Trail taking pictures since 1981. Check out the archives of Iditarod and you’ll soon realize that he’s been on the trail more times than …


Eye on the Trail: A Tribute to Peg Stout

The Iditarod community embraces DeeDee Jonrowe and her sister, Linda Schultz, with heartfelt sympathy in the passing of their mother, Peg Stout, on July 21, 2015.  Stout was about as invested in Iditarod as a musher’s mother could possibly be.  As a lifelong educator she also had professional reasons for embracing the Last Great Race®. …