Jr. Iditarod

Eye on the Trail: Ten Junior Mushers Draw Bib Numbers

Ten Jr. Iditarod mushers drew their bib numbers on Friday evening at Iditarod Headquarters.  The Juniors will take to the trail on February 27th from the Willow Community Center at 10:00. The teens, ages 14 – 17 will run 75 miles out to Yentna Station Roadhouse.  The roadhouse, run by the Gabryszak family, has been …


Eye on the Trail: Junior Mushers Complete Vet Check

Jr. Iditarod mushers brought their dogs to Iditarod Headquarters in Wasilla for vet check on Friday morning.  They were greeted by veterinarians Phil Meyer of Wasilla and Jayne Hempstead of Cantwell.  Both vets have a long history with the Jr. Iditarod. Defending champion Kevin Harper arrived with a very healthy and energetic looking dog team.  …


Eye on the Trail: Harper wins Junior by Two Minutes

The Junior Iditarod mushers have all crossed the finish line at mile 132 of the Denali Highway. The race was moved north from Willow to Cantwell after conditions were deemed to icy to run the tradition round trip route to Yentna Station. The trail conditions were primo, temperatures comfortable and scenery was splendid including northern …


Eye on the Trail: Junior Iditarod Moved to Cantwell

After landing in Anchorage early this week, the real deal of NO SNOW is staring me right in the face. There’s no snow! It’s been warm and it’s even rained so that lakes aren’t looking too solidly frozen either. Driving north to Wasilla doesn’t improve the situation. I even heard someone comment, “Our winter is …


Eye on the Trail: Junior Iditarod has First Entrants

Registration for the 2015 Junior Iditarod opened on the last Saturday of June at Iditarod Headquarters in Wasilla. While adult mushers signed up for the 1,000 mile trip to Nome on one end of the table, teens between the ages of 14 and 17 signed up for the 150 mile round trip race on the …


Celebration of Success for Juniors 2014

The thrill is not in victory but in the courage to join the race! Nowhere could this be more evident than at the Junior Iditarod banquet. These young mushers dreamed one day of running dogs. Later they dreamed of camping with their dogs. Even later these juniors dreamed of racing. They DARED to dream and …


Eye on the Trail: All teens are into Happy Trails

From the Yentna Station end of the Junior Iditarod, it was clear that the race would come down to the wire and it did. Conway Seavey left the layover stop two-minutes ahead of Ben Harper, his closest competitor. IAF planes aren’t air born before daylight so there was little chance that I’d see the winners …


Eye on the Trail: Teens out of Yentna Station

With ninety-four sled dogs parked at the Yentna Station Roadhouse on the big bend of the Yentna River, the bush country was not silent. Likened to a slumber party or teenage lock in for canine athletes, there was lots of barking and howling. First the dogs greeted each new team that arrived then there were …


Eye on the Trail: Teens Arrive at Yentna Station for Layover

Conway Seavey drove a smart looking team off the Yentna River into the checkpoint at 4 minutes before four o’clock this afternoon. Right on the tails of his sled runners was Jimmy Lanier arriving at 2 minutes past 4:00. Ben Harper was in at 16:10 followed by younger brother Kevin at 16:19. Do some quick …


Eye on the Trail: Picture Perfect Start for Junior Iditarod

Junior Iditarod started this morning in nearly picture perfect conditions! Buser’s Happy Trails Kennel graciously offered their facility and it was a perfect setting for the start. The dog trucks arrived and parked in a circle a hundred or so yards from the start banner. From there the teams took off over Gretsky Lake to …