Iditarod

Summer Raffle Tickets Available! Call Now: 800.545.6874

  *The Iditarod holds two raffles each year, one before the race (Winter Raffle) and one afterwards. (Summer Raffle) *The funds raised from the raffle are used to help stage the Iditarod. Need not be present to win. *To purchase a ticket call 1.800.545.mush(6874) or stop by our store at Iditarod Headquarters in Wasilla.  Due …


Listen to Iditarod’s Hobo Jim Sing the ‘Iditarod Trail Song’

Each year, ‘The Iditarod Trail Song’ is sung in classrooms around the world. Watch this performance and listen to students in Maryland sing this song at their school program.  2018 – Spring  (with Hobo Jim granting permission)  Here’s the words to the chant that the students recite prior to singing. In the land of the midnight sun, …


James Varsos (Hobo Jim) Receives Honorary Doctor of Music Degree at UAF

Hobo Jim will receive an honorary degree, Doctor of Music from UAA on May 5th during commencement ceremony.  Jim (James Varsos –  the Alaska State Balladeer) has been writing and performing songs about life in Alaska –sharing Alaska’s history, culture, and Iditarod to fans around the world for more than 40 years. Hobo Jim created …


Dorothy Page Honored

On May 1, the late Dorothy Page,  the “Mother of the Iditarod” was inducted into the Alaska Women’s Hall of Fame. Dorothy, a journalist and historian, wrote and published the “Iditarod Trail Annual” during the early years of the Race.  In 1964, Dorothy had a great idea!  As chairman of the Wasilla-Knik Centennial Committee and …


Eye on the Trail: Telephoto Story – Recognize These Mushers?

The Restart was one of the few sunny days of Iditarod XLVI.  These two fellows seem to be soaking up the sun and good vibes of the day. Who are they?  They have a great deal in common when it comes to Iditarod. They both call the western coast of Alaska home.  This is a great …


2018 Iditarod Winter Raffle Winners Announced

 


Eye on the Trail: Snow of Iditarod XLVI Eclipses Wilbur

Winter storm Wilber has finally passed on through the Dakotas, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan.  It snowed steady for almost two days, blanketing optimistic patio furniture and ground that was bare a few days earlier with nearly a foot of snow. Winds were strong but didn’t quite create Norton Sound whiteout conditions.  Wilbur added to the 4 …


Eye on the Trail: Iditarod XLVI Awards

The celebration of success for Iditarod finishers was held at the Nome Recreation Center in snowy windy Nome on March 18, 2018.  Why would the weather be any different for the banquet than what it was on the trail during the race?  Mushers with the families, friends, kennel workers as well as race sponsors and …


Eye on the Trail: Sharing Photos – Front of the Pack

As the saying goes, you can’t be in two places at once.  Just after Joar, Nic and Mitch arrived in Nome, I was able to share photos from either Jeff Schultz or Julian Schroder.  More of the top ten finished during the time I was in transit from Unalakleet to Nome.  I’d like to pick …


Eye on the Trail: Red Lantern to Kaltenborn

As the final musher to cross the finish line of the race, Magnus Kaltenborn wins the Red Lantern Award. It’s also his responsibility to extinguish the Widow’s Lamp. The two “lanterns” have different traditions and significance. Incidentally, the Champion, Joar Leifseth Ulsom and the Red Lantern musher of Iditarod XLVI are both Norwegian born.   Out …