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Eye on the Trail: Rest Rules

  Mushers are very excited that Iditarod will happen in 2021.  A great deal of science has been considered in making the race safe for everyone involved.  Recently Iditarod CEO, Rob Urbach, announced that the Ceremonial Start in Anchorage was cancelled for the health and safety of the community as well as the mushers and …

Eye on the Trail:  Watch Iditarod Broadcasts!

  We all remember when bubbles were wobbly iridescent spheres that floated forth from a magic little wand that was dipped in soap and waved in the air.  Over the past year, BUBBLE has taken on new meaning – a transparent enclosure that protects from danger (disease) and unpleasant reality (COVID-19).  This new bubble has …

Eye on the Trail: Rookie Review 2021 – Part III

  A total of 12 rookies are set to take the trail in Iditarod’s Gold Trail Loop of 2021.  There are three women and nine men attempting to complete the race for the first time.  Ah you say, but what about Sean Underwood?  He ran in 2020, so is he still considered a rookie?Sean scratched …

Eye on the Trail: Rookie Review – Part II

Part II of the Rookie Review introduces the mushers who’ve listed Fairbanks and Two Rivers as home.  They may have all had front row seats for the alternating start and finish of the Yukon Quest as well as the Iditarod Fairbanks starts of 2003, 2015 and 2017.  Many of them have participated in 100 and …

Eye on the Trail: Rookie Review – Part I

Two Rookies, Dakota Schlosser and Will Troshynski, in Iditarod XLIX are Jr. Iditarod veterans.  Will ran the Jr. Iditarod for three successive years beginning in 2001.  In 2003, he had a unique Jr. Iditarod experience as the race was moved out to Glennallen due to insufficient snow cover along the traditional trail.  Dakota ran the …

Eye on the Jr:  One Champion, All Winners

From the time the Jr. Iditarod mushers departed Yentna Station this morning well before sunrise, the lead never changed.  It looked at times like second place Kristal Hanson might over take Morgan Martens and his Ryan Redington speedsters or that third place Anna Coke might over take Kristal or both Kristal and Morgan but Morgan …

Eye on the Jr: Mid-race Update

The mushers spent the night camped in the woods along the Yentna River at the Yentna Station Roadhouse.  For years now, the checkpoint has been hosted by the Gabryszak Family.  As the teams arrive, their arrival time is recorded, mandatory equipment is checked, dogs are checked and then they park on the wooded trails along …

Musher start order set for Iditarod 49!

Due to COVID-19 mitigation protocols, the Iditarod has set the starting order for the 49th running of the Last Great Race on Earth using a digital order generator to randomly select names for the official start order, taking into account the two separate draw batches based on when mushers signed up for the race. “This …

Eye on the Jr: Ten Teens Take the Trail

It was a busy morning on Knik Lake!  Parents and ten teens, each with ten dogs arrived well before the 10:00 am start time of Jr. Iditarod XLIV.  The dog trucks and trailers parked in a semi-circle around the start banner.  The dogs were brought out for water and a pre-race meal then the mushers …

Eye on the Jr: Gary and Carolee Johannes Honored

The Jr. Iditarod Board of Directors has named Gary and Carolee Johannes as the Honorary Musher for the 44th running of the race.  The Jr. Iditarod mushers will sign bib #1 and present it to Gary and Carolee in recognition of their service over the past thirteen years. Trail boss Richard Plack says, “Both Gary …