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Eye on the Trail: Iditarod LI

The first few sentences of the 51st Chapter of the book of Iditarod were written on Saturday June 25th at the Musher Sign-up and Volunteer Picnic.  It’s a gala annual event held the final Saturday of June to thank the throng of volunteers who make the race happen and welcome mushers as they commit to …

Leon Has Been Found and is On His Way Home!

After nearly 3 months and almost 150 miles covered since his escape from the Ruby checkpoint, the ITC is elated to announce that Leon has been found and is safely in the custody of his owner, Sebastien Dos Santos Borges.   On May 31, 2022, Race Director/Marshall, Mark Nordman was notified by locals in McGrath …

Update from the Iditarod on Rule 37 Musher Appeals

  The following decision is issued by the Appeals Board (Board) appointed by the President of the Iditarod  Trail Committee (ITC), Michael Mills, pursuant to Rule 37 of the Official Rules of the Iditarod International  Sled Dog Race (Iditarod). The Board respects the judgment call made by Ms. Porsild and Ms. Phillips to shelter their …

Update from The Iditarod Trail Committee on the search for Leon

    The Iditarod continues to track any leads regarding the location of Leon, though unfortunately there have not been any tracks sited in over a week in the previous areas between Nikolai and Salmon River, which is on the trail to Rohn. With food and game cameras set out on the week of April …

2023 Iditarod Teacher on the Trail Announced

The Iditarod Education Department is pleased to announce our 2023 Iditarod Teacher on the Trail, Julianne Westrich.  Juli is the Iditarod’s 24th Teacher on the Trail, a title earned through a rigorous application and selection process.  Based on her written application, she was selected as one of 3 finalists that were invited to Alaska to …

Update from The Iditarod Trail Committee on the search for Leon

    The Iditarod continues to track any leads regarding the location of Leon. As of April 9th, residents of Nikolai believe there have been recent sightings of dog tracks between Nikolai and Salmon River, which is on the trail to Rohn and searchers in the area continue to follow those reports.  They believe it’s …

Iditarod announces race prize money by finishing position

  With the final finisher crossing under the burled arch in Nome, the Iditarod Trail Committee is able to announce the official breakdown of the race purse by finishing position. This breakdown is determined based on the number of total finishers, coming in at 37 for the 2022 race. Below is a chart that details …

Update from The Iditarod Trail Committee on the search for Leon: 

  The Iditarod continues to track any leads regarding the location of Leon. There have been recent sightings of dog tracks between Nikolai and McGrath and searchers in the area continue to follow those reports. Sled dogs are known to run and can cover vast distances. When a report is made, good Samaritans along the …

Announcing the 2022 Iditarod Trail Raffle Winners!

  The 2022 Iditarod Winter Raffle drawing was conducted at 4 p.m. Sunday, April 3, 2022 at the Great Alaska Sportsman’s Show and broadcast on The Iditarod Facebook Live. Fifty lucky raffle ticket holders now share approximately $180,050 in prizes, which includes one (1) $100,050 grand prize, four (4) $10,000 prizes, and forty-5 (45) $1,000 …

Statement Regarding Rule 37

    We have heard from many with regards to musher penalties imposed pursuant to Rule 37, found in the Iditarod Rule Book.   Some have expressed considerable vitriol that a musher could be punished for sheltering dogs inside. One of the foundational tenets of the Iditarod is a passionate concern for dogs and dog …