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Declaration by Alaska State Legislature, February 28, 2005

  Declaration by the Alaska State Legislature, February 28, 2005 *HONORING * *THE VOLUNTEER CORPS OF THE IDITAROD SLED DOG RACE* *WHO HAVE PROUDLY SERVED OUR COUNTRY IN THE MILITARY*           “Fifty U.S. Army soldiers first blazed the historic Iditarod trail during the spring of 1972, which was the year before the first contemporary …

Iditarod Sign at Headquarters Falls and Will be Rebuilt

During a recent wind storm, our sign at Iditarod Headquarters in Wasilla fell to the ground.  We are working on a plan to replace our sign.  Please revisit this article over the next few months for updates.                          

Eye on the Trail: Telephoto Story – Heat of the Day

The heat of the day is a time when mushers often choose to rest. Late morning and the first few hours of the afternoon are when the temperatures peak and the sun, if out, is at it’s warmest. Resting the dogs during a time when mushers might personally prefer to run is a deliberately planned …

Focus on Volunteers: Richard Kelley

By Joanne Potts, Assistant to the Race Director and Richard Kelley Richard Kelley has been volunteering at the Iditarod since 2008. He was born and raised in southwestern Pennsylvania. He was raised in a log house built in the early 1800’s about 12 miles from where he now lives. He says that he was brought …

Where Are They Now? Shelley Gill (Vandiver) 1978 Rookie

Shelley Gill – 1978 Iditarod Dog Musher, Alaskan Author, and Whale Detective  By Joanne Potts, Assistant to the Race Director, and Shelley Gill Shelley Gill is best known as the writer of 30 best selling children’s books, including Kiana’s Iditarod. But Shelley was also the fifth woman and 104th musher to complete the Iditarod Trail Sled …

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Eye on the Trail: Telephoto Story – Are those your real ears?

Two Face, a dog belonging to Matt Failor, seems to be asking Kim Henneman, DVM, DACVSMR from Utah,  “Are those your real ears?”  Or maybe, the dog is inquiring about the shamrocks as the photo was taken on St. Patrick’s Day in Unalakleet. Each year there are approximately 45 veterinarians who come to the Iditarod trail to …

Eye on the Trail: North Carolina Teacher’s Conference

Teachers and Iditarod enthusiast from three southern states (North Carolina, Virginia and Georgia) gathered in Asheville, North Carolina to feed their passion for Iditarod. Former Iditarod Teachers on the Trail™, Martha Dobson (2011), Cathy Walters (2009) and Terrie Hanke (2006) presented sessions that provided the attendees with a sled full of material to enrich classroom …

Eye on the Trail: Telephoto Story – Special Delivery

Mushers had been arriving at McGrath through out the day on Wednesday, the fifth of March. Most of the teams arriving on this day were choosing to take their 24-hour rest in McGrath. Those leading the race (Aliy Zirkle, Nic Petit, Aaron Burmeister, Jeff King, Sonny Lindner and Robert Sorlie) had gone through the day …

Eye on the Trail: Symposium Open House at Nature’s Kennel

It’s a pleasure to visit Nature’s Kennel to see the tour dogs, the race team dogs and the PUPPIES. The Sunday morning open house is the final activity of the Midwest Musher Symposium and Iditarod Teacher’s Conference. Ed and Tasha Stielstra along with their staff run a first class sled dog kennel. Ask any of …