October 4, 2015



Entries for 2016 will be officially accepted starting at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 27. Deadline for entry in the 2016 Iditarod is midnight, TUESDAY, December 1. The entry fee is $3,000, and the late entry fee is $7,000. If you are planning to enter the 2016 race, you should contact the Iditarod office immediately if you have not done so already.


2016 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.



For Rookie Mushers planning to enter the 2016 (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.




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 ($3,000) order to be considered an entrant.



    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 15, 2015.
    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.
  • 2016 Banquet Ticket Order Form
    Mushers get the first two tickets for free and priority for reservations until January 14, 2016, but to get your tickets you must submit this form.





    Related to the performance of a musher in an approved qualifying race.
    All rookies must provide a reference sheet from an Iditarod musher who is familiar with the rookie.