Entries for 2019 will be officially accepted starting at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 30. Deadline for entry in the 2019 Iditarod is midnight, FRIDAY, November 30. If you are planning to enter the 2019 race, you should contact the Iditarod office immediately if you have not done so already.
All entries mailed after November 1 should be sent certified return receipt. Certified mail ensures that if mail gets lost in transit you have proof that it was mailed before the deadline.
2019 Rules, Forms & Other Information for Mushers
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The Iditarod Trail International Sled Dog Race shall be a race for dog mushers meeting the entry qualifications as set forth by the Board of Directors of the Iditarod Trail Committee, Inc.
Recognizing the aptitude and experience necessary and the varying degrees of monetary support and residence locations of mushers, with due regard to the safety of mushers, the humane care and treatment of dogs and the orderly conduct of the race, the Trail Committee shall encourage and maintain the philosophy that the race be constructed to permit as many qualified mushers as possible who wish to enter and contest the Race to do so.
The object of the race is to determine which musher and dogs can cover the race in the shortest time under their own power and without aid of others. That is determined by the nose of the first dog to cross the finish line. To that end, the Iditarod Trail Committee has established these rules and policies to govern the race.
FORMS REQUIRED AT TIME OF ENTRY
Many of the musher forms are dated. Dates are listed with the materials. Be sure to get your paperwork into the office well ahead of deadlines. Be sure to check this page often for new forms and information that you will need to know. The forms on this list are required at the time of payment of entry fee in ($4,000) order to be considered an entrant.
SPONSORS, MEMBERSHIP & BANQUET FORMS
- SPONSOR LISTING
Print as many as you need and turn in as often as you need to. For inclusion in the Race Guide, we must have your sponsors turned in by December 12, 2018.
- MEMBERSHIP FORM
Should be turned in as soon as possible to be sure your membership is updated. It would be good to turn in when you enter the race
PAPERWORK REGARDING DOG CARE & DROPPED DOGS (REQUIRED)
- DOG CARE AGREEMENT
Must be signed by a veterinarian from either Anchorage, Wasilla, Palmer or Big Lake. Due prior to food drop.
- LOCAL CONTACT FORMS 1 and 2
Both must be filled out by two different contacts. Due prior to food drop.
- Letter to Veterinarians from Dr. Nelson
This needs to be signed by the veterinarian that does the pre-race veterinary checkup. Due by date of Official Pre-Race Veterinary Check.
- VET CHECK FORM
Due by date of Official Pre-Race Veterinary Check. There are 20 copies needed.
- MICROCHIP IDENTIFICATION SHEET
This questionnaire is a valuable tool for us. Please complete it and turn it in as soon as possible.
For Rookie Mushers planning to enter the 2019 (or later) Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race:
If you are a rookie musher planning on entering a future Iditarod, you must have a report card from your qualifying races completed by race officials and returned to the Iditarod office within 10 days of the end of the qualifying race. It is YOUR responsibility to advise officials prior to the start of the race that you are using that race for a qualifier and will need the report card completed and to provide officials with the correct form, which you will find on the website along with the other paperwork. That way, officials will know ahead of time to watch you so they can complete the report card. You should do that if there is any slight thought in your head about one day running the Iditarod. There is no time frame on completing qualifiers.
You are required to run two (2) approved 300 mile or more qualifying races and one (1) 150 mile or more approved qualifying race, total of 3 races, unless you run the Yukon Quest and in that case, you don’t need any other qualifiers. You also need a rookie reference from a musher who has completed the Iditarod. That form is also here on the website.
You should contact the Iditarod office within a month of completing your qualifiers and check to see if your required paperwork is in. If it hasn’t come in yet, then it is your responsibility to contact the race organizations and ask them about it. You should make sure that ALL report cards from qualifiers and your rookie reference are in by the time you sign up to run the next year’s race.