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Eye on the Trail: Recognizing and Thanking Diane Johnson

When Diane Johnson became director of Iditarod Education in the fall of 2005, the program was in its infancy.  Today as Diane passes the roll onto a new director, the program is well-developed and serving educators and students around the world.  It reminds me of a photo I captured a year ago in Katmai.  A …

Iditarod HQ summer hours restored

Iditarod Headquarters is now open 7-days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Stop by and check out the beautiful cabins, gift shop, Iditarod memorabilia, and watch the Iditarod video. Store hours were temporarily suspended this spring, due to COVID-19. Iditarod HQ reopened its doors on May 29, with limited hours, and has taken …

2021 Iditarod Teacher on The Trail ™ Begins His Journey

The Iditarod is proud to announce that Jim Deprez will serve as the twenty-third Iditarod Teacher on the Trail.  Jim is in his 15th year of teaching at elementary education. After growing up in central Massachusetts, he went to college in Ohio and pursued a career in teaching. Since then, Jim has taught grades 2, …

Eye on the Trail: Deprez is 2021 Iditarod Teacher on the Trail™

Jim Deprez of Ohio will serve as the twenty-third Iditarod Teacher on the Trail™.  The program began back in 1999 when Andrea (Finney) Auf der Heyde convinced the Iditarod Trail Committee to put a teacher out on the trail to be a direct link between the race and classrooms around the world.  As an Elementary …

57 mushers enter Iditarod XLIX on opening day

  Today, the Iditarod announced that 57 mushers have submitted their entries for the 49th running of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race to be held in March of 2021. This number represents 17 more or a 42.5% higher number than was submitted at this time last year. In the spirit of social consciousness, the …

2020 Iditarod Summer Raffle underway

The Iditarod Summer Raffle has begun! This is your chance to win one of the two 2020 Dodge Ram 4×4 Pickup Trucks or one of the eight $1,000 cash prizes. Ticket price is $100 each and there are only 2,000 tickets available.    Drawing held Tuesday, September 30, 2020 on The Iditarod Facebook Live. Due …

Martin Buser Does a Double Take

Wasilla, Alaska – Four Time Iditarod champion Martin Buser has been recognized by his peers for two very special awards; the Donlin Gold Sportsmanship award and $3,000, and the Iditarod’s Most Inspirational Musher Award which includes a paid entry fee for the 2021 Iditarod. Both awards are also accompanied by etched clear glass trophies. Donlin …

2021 Iditarod musher sign ups is now open!

Due to COVID-19 the Iditarod was unable to hold the annual sign up picnic at Iditarod Headquarters. Mushers have the option to submit forms via online submission, email, postal mail, or fax. These options have been available in the past but this year we are missing the in person festivities and fun.    Mushers interested …

Iditarod modifies race registration process and economics due to COVID-19.

Wasilla, Alaska – The Iditarod has made a concerted effort to anticipate the impact of COVID-19 for its collective community. They have engaged in numerous discussions with multiple stakeholders in an effort to understand economic repercussions.  Given the projected reduction in tourism in Alaska this summer and fall, they are implementing the following modifications for …

Over two months after the Iditarod ends, Champion Thomas Waerner is welcomed home

Thomas Waerner has had a long journey to the Iditarod 2020 and an even longer journey home. It has been two and a half months since the champion finished the Iditarod, now he and his team are finally home. It really all comes down to being in the right place at the right time. Due …