Author: IditarodTeam (177 posts)


The Nomad Restoration: historic Joe Redington Sr. boat standing the tests of time

  The Nomad was built in the early 1950’s by Bob Matheson and his brother. It was built specially for the Turnagain Arm because of the rough waters. Bob and his brother used it for several years before selling it to Joe and Violet Redington Sr. Joe needed a fishing boat and the Nomad originally …

Summer 2021 Iditarod Picnic set for June 26

Join us for volunteer appreciation and first day for musher sign ups. All are welcome from past and present volunteers and mushers to Iditarod fans and followers. This is an outside event, rain or shine. We will be grilling salmon and burgers and have plenty of other picnic fare for you and your family. If …

Spay and Neuter Decisions for Sled Dogs

By Lori E. Gordon, DVM Veterinary Surgical Care, Inc. MA Task Force 1 US&R Veterinary Officer, NVRT Veterinary Officer   Let’s start with the basics. Neutering is the removal of an animal’s reproductive organ(s), all or most of them. Neutering refers to both males and females, though typically used for males while spaying refers to …

2021 Winter Raffle Drawing Winners Announced

  The 2021 Iditarod Winter Raffle drawing was conducted at 5 p.m. Monday, May 31 at the Iditarod Headquarters in Wasilla and broadcast on The Iditarod Facebook Live. Fifty-three lucky raffle ticket holders now share approximately $179,000 in prizes, which includes one (1) $100,000 grand prize, three (3) $10,000 prizes, and forty-nine (49) $1,000 prizes. …

If You “Mush” Know…What is on the Menu?

  by: Lynne Witte What is on the menu for sled dogs? What a sled dog eats is very important to their performance year round. The dogs’ diet affects their overall health, muscle development, and ability to run their best. The menu and amount of food for sled dogs changes with the seasons. During the …

Custom Gold Trail Loop buckle designed for mushers of 2021

Article by Jen Reiter, 2014 Teacher on the Trail   Something that every Iditarod Rookie looks forward to is “earning his or her buckle.” Each Iditarod finisher is awarded a brass finisher’s belt buckle upon the completion of their first race signaling that they are a rookie no more! In the early days of the …

Iditarod Beginnings

Article by Heidi Sloan, 2018 Teacher on the Trail   When the mushers lined up to take off on their adventure, they didn’t really know what to expect. Some of the wives were crying, thinking they may never see their mushers again. The gear wasn’t as warm. They didn’t have bottles of Heet to start …

Longtime Alaskan legislator and Iditarod advocate Gail Phillips passes away

The Iditarod is saddened by the news that longtime Alaskan legislator and Iditarod advocate Gail Phillips has passed away. One of Gail’s first Iditarod volunteer jobs was making presentations to local communities with Joe Redington, Sr. Gail and husband Walt’s house in Spenard served as the Iditarod Trail Committee’s office and many hours were spent …

Governor Dunleavy Recognizes Iditarod Appreciation Day

March 19, 2021 (Anchorage, AK) – Alaska Governor Mike Dunleavy has proclaimed today, March 19, 2021, as “Iditarod Appreciation Day” in Alaska and issued the following remarks:   WHEREAS, the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race is an Alaskan tradition and source of pride for Alaskans from Ketchikan to Utqiagvik; and   WHEREAS, this annual event commemorates the incredible strength …

Victoria Hardwick is final Iditarod 49 finisher, claims Red Lantern Award

  Veteran Iditarod musher Victoria Hardwick (bib #48), of Bethel, Alaska, is the final musher to cross the finish line in Deshka Landing at 12:22 a.m. today, claiming the Red Lantern Award. Hardwick and her race team completed the Iditarod in 10 days, 9 hours, 22 minutes and 6 seconds. She finishes in 36th place, just two …