Iditarod

Eye on the Trail: Telephoto Story – Tanana Night Sky

Mushers often share vivd descriptions of the night sky they experience while running between checkpoints.  How would the dogs describe what they see of Mother Natures night time art?  Between sunset on March 8th of Iditarod XLV and sunrise of March 9th, she decorated Tanana’s night sky.  It was minus 28 degrees without even a …


Eye on the Trail: Telephoto Story – Aliy at 4th & Cordova

Some race fans caller her Aliy, others fondly refer to her as the “Queen of Hearts.  Aliy Zirkle has been in Alaska for 25 years.  She moved to the Last Frontier to work for U.S. Fish and Wildlife.  She acquired her first sled dog, Skunk, and the rest is history.  Her career in long distance …


Eye on the Trail: Telephoto Story – Mitch at 4th & Cordova

Look at the pure joy, excitement and energy in the eyes of the front end of Mitch Seavey’s team as they round the corner at 4th & Cordova.  1049 miles later, Seavey claimed his third Iditarod Championship, setting a new time record of 8 days, 3 hours, 40 minutes & 13 seconds.  Mitch’s first victory …


Eye on the Trail: Telephoto Story – 4th & Cordova

About six blocks from intersection at 4th and “D” Street where the Ceremonial Start begins, the teams take a right off 4th Avenue onto Cordova St. Interesting events take place at that corner.  In 2017 Jeff King, wearing bib #34, and his Iditarider rounded the corner…  From this photo sequence, you can see the rest …


Eye on the Trail: Telephoto Story – Charley’s Day in Unalakleet

As the sun rises in Unalakleet during Iditarod XLV, Charley Bejna cooks up a gourmet breakfast for his canine athletes.  Up in the checkpoint, Middy Johnson and other villagers are preparing eggs, bacon and sourdough pancakes for mushers and volunteers. Sled dogs have voracious appetites.  During the race they consume roughly 10,000 calories each day. …


Martin Buser Inducted into the into the Knik Museum Musher Hall of Fame

On Sunday, July 16th, 4 time Iditarod Champion Martin Buser was inducted into the into the Knik Museum Musher’s Hall of Fame.  Marthin’s induction was held at the Knik Museum. This date also marked the 50th Anniversary of the Hall of Fame.  Martin’s ‘never give up attitude’ along with his longstanding race record, made his …


Land of the Midnight Sun

What is a 5th grade teacher from Virginia doing in Alaska 15 hours after waving goodbye to her sweet students on the last day of school? I’m here to represent and inspire teachers all over the world, beginning my 2018 Iditarod Teacher on the Trail™ adventure! It will be an honor to have you join me …


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 Redington.  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 …


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 …


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 …