Iditarod Facts, Data, History

The Burled Arch

There is quite a history behind the Burled Arch. When the first musher reached Nome during the first Iditarod, there was no specific marker to show the end of the race.  As legend has it, someone ran out into the street when the first musher was arriving and drizzled a package of Kool-Aid across the …

LET THE RACE BEGIN!

Hi Boys and Girls, What an exciting day.  4th Avenue is full of snow, the dog trucks will be arriving soon and setting up for the day, the iditariders are beyond excited for the opportunity to ride in their favorite mushers sled and fans are waking up and looking forward to an exciting ceremonial start …

MIttens and Ski Poles

The population along the Kaltag to Unalakleet portage trail exploded over night. Looking at the Ionearth tracker, that area of the trail held the largest concentration of dog teams compared to anywhere else on the trail. As the mushers made the coast today, we heard one common comment – it was cold. Iditarod veteran, Ed …

Running Iditarod in Five Different Decades

In 1977 Bob Chlupach attempted and completed his rookie Iditarod. In total he’s completed ten Iditarods over four decades. The 2012 race makes for running an Iditarod in each of five decades. After graduating with a degree in Fisheries and Wildlife Biology from Iowa State University, Chlupach took a fisheries job in Juneau. Once he …