Author: Brian (57 posts)


Telling Time on the Trail

If you’ve ever looked at the race standings or race archives, I’m sure you quickly noticed that the Iditarod uses Military Time. Whereas many people typically use a 12-hour standard time system in which “a.m.” and “p.m.” differentiate the morning from afternoon/evening, Military Time is based on a 24-hour recording system. One of the primary …

One For the Books

It is bittersweet to say that it is time to go home and I’ll soon be “Shipping Up to Boston” (a Dropkick Murphys reference). My time and experience in Alaska has been unreal! I have already been asked the question many times: What was your favorite part of the trip? I believe I’ve given a …

The Backbone of the Iditarod

This evening, many of the Iditarod volunteers gathered together and enjoyed a potluck-style dinner to celebrate another successful race year. Volunteers- comms, logistics, IAF pilots, veterinarians, trail guards, dog handlers, teachers, and more- sat and shared trail-tales that made you laugh, smile, and wish to be back on the trail.  Pete Kaiser, 2019 Iditarod Champion, …

The Countdown Begins

With the 2019 Iditarod being officially over, the countdown to the 2020 Iditarod has already begun. You’ll notice the countdown timer on the Iditarod homepage is currently leading us to the start of next year’s race. If you’re looking for a fun and artistic activity, have your students design their own personalized 2020 Iditarod-themed calendar. …

The Red Lantern Award

At 1:51 this afternoon, Victoria Hardwick crossed the finish line in Nome, AK, and earned herself the honorable Red Lantern Award. The Red Lantern is given to the last musher who crosses the finish line and completes the Iditarod. Victoria, an Iditarod rookie, was the 39th musher to successfully travel the approximate 1,000 mile southern …

Stories From the Trail

This evening was the Iditarod XLVII Awards Banquet at the Nome Recreation center. The intent of this event is to recognize the current finishers of the 2019 Iditarod and also to award several of them for various accomplishments while being on the trail. You must remember that the race is not over until the last …

Show Me the Goods

It’s been a blast being able to see mushers arrive under the Burled Arch in Nome. If you’ve been accessing Iditarod Insider to watch the mushers reach the finish line, after seeing them spend some time celebrating, you may have noticed that a race official has requested them to “come on over” to the sled …

Iditarod Air Force

Every year, hundreds of volunteers take on various roles and effectively make the Iditarod work. Some estimate that more than 1,500 people volunteer per a race. Volunteer positions include dog handlers, security, veterinarians, trailbreakers, communications (“comms”), cooks, logistics, and more. Arguably speaking, one of the most important group of volunteers is the Iditarod Air Force, …

Would Things Be Different?

Do you recognize that body of water in the background of the picture? Well, if you don’t, that is the Bering Sea, and as you can see, there is very little sea ice this year.  When people think of the Iditarod, they often associate it with the 1925 Serum Run–a race against time in which …

2019 Iditarod Champion

This year’s Iditarod champion finish was quite an exciting, memorable, and historic one! Beginning just after midnight, Iditarod fans began to line the chutes of the finish line. There was a steady wind that seemed to pick up as the time waned, and the falling snow was incredibly fitting for the occasion. Industrial flood lights …