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Eye on the Jr. – Meet the Rookies

The Jr. Iditarod is in its 45th year.  The nine contestants bring a wide variety of mushing experience to the stating line. Some come from mushing families and others have connected with a mushing family to learn the sport.   There are four veterans who all completed their rookie run in 2019.  There are five rookies who …

Eye on the Jr. – Meet the Veterans

Four graduates of the 2019 Jr. Iditarod Rookie class are returning to the race as veterans in 2020.  They’ll know the trail and with a year of experience they will be the upper classmen who will encourage and help the Rookie class of 2020. Bjorn Keller, age 15, has been working with his father, Jeremy, …

Eye on the Jr. – 45th Jr. Iditarod

The 45th Jr. Iditarod is scheduled to start on Knik Lake Saturday morning, February 29th.  In my mind, the Jr. Iditarod is the “start” of Iditarod.  Ask me when Iditarod starts and I’ll always answer, “The last Saturday of February.”  That’s for a couple of reasons.  Over the years, many of the Jr. Iditarod mushers …

Iditarod dogs enjoy top notch wellness care

Iditarod dogs enjoy wellness care uncommon among dogs and even most humans. They are currently undergoing extensive preventative exams that include full blood workups and electrocardiograms to ensure they are Iditarod fit. It is with much irony that detractors have used a disinformation smear campaign stating, “if an Iditarod dog is lucky enough to survive …

Faces of Iditarod

Article by Jeff Schultz   In the early winter of 2019, as I was approaching my 39th stint volunteering as the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race’s official photographer, I felt burnt out. I had photographed the adventure of sled dogs every way and every place I could conjure. I needed a new angle.  My Iditarod …

The Great Alaskan Race Educational Bundle is Here From Our Partners At P12 Films!

The Iditarod is excited to have this wonderful opportunity to partner with P12 Films and the John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon. If you missed the theater release, be sure to watch the movie on DVD or available On-Demand throughout the links below. This is just one way to donate and support the Iditarod! We are …

Meet the IditaRiders for the 2020 Iditarod

When the 2020 Iditarod starts on Saturday, March 7, each sled leaving the starting line will have an IditaRider in the basket.  These rides were purchased as a part of our IditaRider auction.  You can learn more about the auction by clicking here. The race bibs that the mushers will be wearing during the Ceremonial …

Keeping the canine athletes warm and ready to run

Each year volunteers gather to pack straw beds for the sled dogs to be delivered to various checkpoints across the Iditarod’s nearly 1,000-mile trail. This work happens weeks in advance of the race and takes a team of over a dozen dedicated volunteers many hours to complete this important job. These beds keep the dogs …

Fans encouraged to take shuttle to Willow restart

In an effort to accommodate race fans and minimize traffic congestion, the Iditarod is once again offering shuttle bus service from a variety of designated locations in Anchorage, Houston, Wasilla, and Talkeetna, to the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race restart on Sunday, March 8, at 2 p.m. on Willow Lake.   Sunday, March 8 Shuttle …

Iditarod names Gail Phillips as 2020 honorary musher

The Iditarod is proud to announce that the 2020 honorary musher is longtime Alaskan Gail Phillips. The honorary musher is a symbolic designation to someone who has made a significant contribution to furthering the Iditarod’s legacy and wears bib No. 1 of the race. The honorary musher is the first to leave the Iditarod ceremonial …