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Three Mushers Welcomed to the 2023 Iditarod

The Iditarod welcomed 3 new competitors to the 2023 Iditarod field over this last week, adding to a great field of competitors.    Rookie Iditarod Musher, Bailey Vitello, from Milan, New Hampshire is the 23rd musher to sign up for the 2023 Race.   Vitello is a second generation musher and has competed across the …

Eye on the Trail: Remembering Lance

If there were a musher Mt. Rushmore carved into the towering rock walls that guide the Yukon River, surely Lance Mackey would be included.  The legendary and iconic Mackey, a winner of eight 1,000 mile races, passed away in early September at the age of 52. Lance was born into a mushing family.  Father Dick, …

Statement from the Iditarod Regarding the Passing of Lance Mackey

  We at Iditarod Nation are mourning the loss of 4-time Iditarod Champion, Lance Mackey.  Lance passed away late in the evening of September 7, 2022 after a 20+ year battle of cancer.  Lance embodied the Spirit of the Race, the tenacity of an Alaskan musher, displayed the ultimate show of perseverance and was loved …

2022 Iditarod Summer Raffle Winners Announced!

The ITC would like to express our extreme gratitude to each ticket buyer and race supporter. Raffles, auctions and fundraising are vital to keeping The Last Great Race alive and running strong. It couldn’t happen without your support and we are grateful for each and every one of you! Your raffle ticket purchase perpetuates Joe …

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Iditarod Education Dept. “Starting Line” Webinar

Join us for a FREE webinar Wednesday, September 14 at 4 – 5 p.m. AKDT/8 – 9 p.m. EST The Iditarod Education Department’s projects, programs, and resources are available to use RIGHT NOW in your classroom.  Our Starting Line Webinar is one completely packed hour to help you get a head start on integrating the …

Leonhard Seppala Humanitarian Award, presented by Pike Legal Group

  The Iditarod sure has some amazing supporters, and David Pike is absolutely one of them. In 2021, the Pike Dog Wellness First Initiative provided a $500 veterinary bill reimbursement to the first 25 teams to sign up for the Iditarod in the Covid challenged 2021 and 2022 races. For the 2023 Race, Pike Legal Group is …

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 …