Jr. Iditarod

Eye on the Trail: JR Iditarod Zoom Lens

The 2018 JR Iditarod is in the history books.  Race Marshal, Cim Smith, praised the eleven young mushers for their dog care and sled driving abilities.  The third time was a charm for veteran musher, Bailey Schaeffer.  Schaeffer captured gold by 2 minutes over Chandler Wappett.  While the trail was slow on the first leg …


Eye on the Trail: JR Iditarod Celebrates Success

On all accounts the JR Iditarod was a great success. At the Sunday evening banquet, Race Marshal, Cim Smyth, whole-heartedly congratulated the young mushers on a job well done. Cim has raced in the JR Iditarod and is a former champion – he knows racing and he knows mushers. Cim said, “Everyone came through with …


Eye on the Trail: From Yentna Sunday Morning

Well before the sun crept over the horizon, all the JR Iditarod Mushers were back on the river heading to the finish line in Willow. After the snow of yesterday, the sky cleared over night and by this morning the temperature was at -15 degrees. Winds were calm and so for mushers and sled dogs …


Eye on the Trail: JR Update from Yentna

  The JR Iditarod mushers have arrived at Yentna Station, the half-way checkpoint. The eleven mushers arrived within 65 minutes of each other. Translate that into out times with the 10-hour required rest and the differential and the teams will all depart between 05:28 and 06:34. Grace Nolan edged Colby Spears into the checkpoint by …


Eye on the Trail: Bernie & Jeannette Willis Honored by JR

The JR Iditarod salutes Bernie and Jeannette Willis as the honorary mushers for the 2018 race. The Willises will be wearing bib #1 for the start of the 41st JR Iditarod. The race will begin on Saturday Feb 24th at 10:00 am within shouting distance of Joe and Vi Redington’s former homestead on Knik Lake. Eleven mushers …


Eye on the Trail: JR Mushers on Trail to Yentna

Snow fell over night making the start of the JR Iditarod on Knik Lake a magical snowy winter wonderland. The temperatures were pleasant and the winds were light as the mushers prepared for the start. No matter how much preparation is done in advance of the race, there’s still plenty to do between parking the …


Eye on the Trail: 41st JR Iditarod – The Stage is Set

The stage is set for the forty-first JR Iditarod. Earlier today mushers brought their dogs in for vet check. This evening they gathered for bib draw, pizza, cake and race rule information. Eleven mushers will take to the trail on Saturday morning. Bib number 1 is reserved for the honorary mushers – Bernie and Jeanette …


Eye on the Trail: JR Iditarod Race Marshal

Former JR Iditarod Champion, Cim Smyth, is the 2018 Race Marshall. During Cim’s four year Jr. Iditarod career that began in 1991, he placed 7th, 2nd twice and claimed gold on his final run in 1994. As a matter of fact, the JR Iditarod was dominated by the Smyth boys for three years running. Older brother, …


Eye on the Trail: Meet the Veterans of JR Iditarod XLI

The field for the JR. Iditarod has grown to eleven mushers. The teens, aging from 14 – 17 years in age, are anxious and excited to run the 150 miles from Knik Lake out to the Yentna Station Road House and then finishing at the Willow Community Center. The race is billed as the race …


Eye on the Trail: Meet the Rookies of JR Iditarod XLI

Teens ranging in age from 14 to 17 are anxious and excited to run the 150 miles from Knik Lake out to the Yentna Station Roadhouse then to the finish line at the Willow Community Center. When the teens reach Yentna Station located on the big bend of the Yentna River, they’ll camp with their …