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2022 Winter Educators Conference Registration is Open

Iditarod Education Department Winter Educators Conference “50 Years of Adventure Learning” At the Lakefront Hotel, Iditarod Race Headquarters March 1 – 4, 2022 in Anchorage, Alaska   Registration is open for the Iditarod Winter Educators Conference and we can’t wait to see you! Whether you have used the Iditarod in your teaching for many years …

We are the Iditarod!

  Today, the Iditarod announces an annual fundraising campaign that will preserve the Iditarod heritage for future generations, benefit the health and happiness of dogs around the world, deliver educational programs and honor the indomitable spirit of the Alaskan mushing culture.  “WE ARE THE IDITAROD – preserving yesterday by protecting tomorrow, today” has the goal …

Iditarod Nation loses Iditarod Trail song writer and Alaskan balladeer Hobo Jim Varsos

The Iditarod Nation lost a great storyteller on Tuesday, October 5, 2021. Hobo Jim Varsos succumbed to cancer in Nashville Tennessee. Jim started his life journey in Indiana in 1952. He was raised in Madison Wisconsin, and began playing the guitar when he was 12 years old. In the mid nineteen sixties, Jim decided to …

2022 Iditarod COVID Policy

    The Iditarod Board of Directors passed a resolution requiring COVID-19 vaccinations for all participants in the 2022 race. This applies to the entire Iditarod community, mushers, staff, contractors, volunteers, pilots, veterinarians, etc.  This decision was made in concert with feedback from rural Alaska and is reflective of the Iditarod’s broad community health consciousness. …

Museum: Iditarod Commemorative Belt Buckles and Pendants

On this page we are featuring ITC numbered commemorative belt buckles and pendants from the estate collection of Rickie Lee Hildebrand.  Click on each image to enlarge it for clearly seeing the exquisite details and historical representations. ITC commissioned belt buckles and pendants, 1985 – 1994  

Iditarod Board of Directors passes resolution requiring COVID-19 vaccinations for all participants in the 2022 race.

  The Iditarod has had to make several tough decisions in order to be extremely diligent navigating COVID-19 for both the 2020 and 2021 races. Now, more than ever,  we are hyper focused to ensure zero community transmission as we prepare to return to the traditional Northern Route and Nome finish in March of 2022. Accordingly, The Iditarod Board of Directors has …

Iditarod welcomes Hilcorp Alaska and Harvest Midstream as new Principal Partners

  Hilcorp Alaska (Hilcorp) and Harvest Midstream (Harvest) today announced a major new sponsorship of the Iditarod. Both companies will be Principal Partners of the 50th Anniversary of the world-famous sled dog race.   “We are excited to be joining the Iditarod, a rich and important Alaskan tradition, in its 50th Anniversary,” said Jeff Hildebrand, …

How to create a charitable bequest to the Iditarod

  A bequest is made through your will or trust, and can be changed or modified at any time, and can be designated for an unrestricted or for a specific purpose. Your estate planning professional can help you determine how your charitable bequest are exempt from federal estate taxes, and how the estate tax charitable …

Announcing the 2021 Summer Raffle Drawing winners!

The 2021 Iditarod Summer Raffle drawing was conducted at 5 p.m. Monday, September 6 at the Iditarod’s Alaska State Fair booth and broadcast on The Iditarod Facebook Live. Thirty lucky raffle ticket holders now share approximately $147,050 in prizes, which includes one (1) $100,050 grand prize, two (2) $10,000 prizes, and twenty-seven (27) $1,000 prizes.  …

Memories of Susan Smith, Principal/Teacher of Takotna

The Iditarod and the education community lost a most enthusiastic and energetic supporter when Susan Smith, principal/teacher in the village of Takotna, AK, passed away on August 11, 2021. Susan took her Iditarod passion to its maximum when she accepted that position and lived one of her dreams of teaching on the trail. Every chance …