Author: Jane Holmes (21 posts)


Race Work Continues

Iditarod 2019 is drawing to a close in Nome. Nome embraces the race in a big way. And last night was the finisher’s banquet at the Nome rec center. But it’s not only the banquet that takes coordination here. On Saturday, Dawn Ubelaker, Iditarod Nome Coordinator, had a few minutes to explain a bit about …

Alaska Air Transit

The Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race runs through some of the most remote parts of Alaska only accessible by airplane. Thanks to sponsor Alaska Air Transit, support for the race is much easier. Based in Anchorage and owned by Dan and Josie Owen, AAT began service to McGrath, an Iditarod transportation hub, in 2012. This …

A Message from Nikolai, “Go forward. Be happy.”

As part of his vision for the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, Joe Redington, Sr. wanted to celebrate the indigenous people of Alaska who had dog teams as a way of life. On the race route, Nikolai is the first native Alaskan village. An Athabascan community, Nikolai is rich in history and long in family …

Power in Numbers

And the race continues. Well, the dog sled race just started, but the race to prepare for and logistically run the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race continues. Even as mushers were running with their Idita-riders from the ceremonial start Saturday, more volunteers had begun work for the re-start at Willow. Equipment had to be picked …

Iditarod Stories: The Typical Race Fan

A child. A grandfather. A family. A ski team. A lifetime Alaskan. A tourist. All of these describe fans that gathered at the Campbell Creek Tract and airstrip this morning to welcome the 2019 Iditarod mushers to the end of their ceremonial start run which started at 4th Ave. and D St. in downtown Anchorage. …

Getting Communications Ready at Anchorage Race Headquarters

Are you watching the countdown timer? In just 5 days, the Last Great Race will begin for the 47th time. And preparation continues at a frenetic but organized speed these days. Because race headquarters is based at the Lakefront Hotel during the race, much of the infrastructure can’t be set up until shortly before the …

Making Foot Ointment

The countdown timer says 12 days until Iditarod 2019 begins and every day the hands of volunteers are doing more preparation. Volunteer work can leave your hands rough and calloused, but In this case the volunteers are leaving with even softer hands than before. On Saturday, February 16, another group assembled at Iditarod headquarters in …

Volunteering for Volunteers

Are you watching the countdown timer? In 14 days, Iditarod 2019 will start. Today was another preparation day at Airland Transport, Anchorage. More volunteers, some repeat from the past few days, gathered to sort and pack up the food and supplies being sent out for volunteers at each checkpoint along the trail. Some folks have …

Drop Bag Day 1

Are you watching the countdown timer? Only 16 days left before the start of Iditarod 2019; it’s crunch time. There are 52 mushers who will drop off their checkpoint drop bags today or tomorrow. The field of mushers is divided and mushers are requested to come on one of the days. They are coming in …

Arctic Fire and Security

Arctic Fire and Security is an Anchorage based company with almost 2 decades of experience equipping hospitals, schools, city buildings, and more with security and alarm systems. The Iditarod Trail Committee began securing the services of these ingenious technicians to provide monitoring equipment for the Iditarod canine athletes in dog lots along the race route. …