Author: IditarodTeam (11 posts)


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 …

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 …

Iditarod announces new dog musher contest for Iditarod XLVIII

The Iditarod is thrilled to announce the “Iditarod Trifecta,” a new dog musher contest for the 48th running of the “Last Great Race on Earth.” Beginning today through March 8, mushing fans from all over the world can participate in the Iditarod Trifecta, a dog musher contest to win a cash purse. Simply enter a …

Musher Drawing Banquet & Meet and Greet Event

The Iditarod Mushers Drawing Banquet is the annual banquet fundraiser and drawing for the official start order. The banquet celebrates the mushers who are about to take part in the “Last Great Race on Earth®” – the nearly 1,000-mile Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. The annual banquet will take place on Thursday, March 5 at …

Iditarod Trail Winter Raffle 2020

The Iditarod Trail Raffle is a great way to support the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race and gives you a chance to win big! Your raffle purchase is a donation that helps us meet the financial obligations of the Iditarod Race. Without this fundraiser and the sale of these tickets, we would not be able …

Blue Steel, a veteran dog’s love for racing

Monica Zappa, currently of Kasilof, Alaska, has been running the Iditarod since 2014, except in 2019. This year, her team will have four rookies and 10 veteran dogs running with her. She has one talented dog named Blue Steel that has been running the Iditarod trail for the past six years and the 2020 Iditarod …