Author: IditarodTeam (140 posts)


Past Teachers on the Trail

     2021 – Jim Deprez    2020 – Kelly Villar   2019 – Brian Hickox  2018 – Heidi Sloan   2017 – Annie Kelley   2016 – Laura Wright   2015 – Erin Montgomery  2014 – Jen Reiter    2013 – Linda Fenton   2012 – Blynne Froke   2011 – Martha Dobson   2010 …

Iditarod announces race COVID prevention plan

Dear Iditarod Volunteers, Mushers and Staff, It seems that there isn’t a person on this planet who hasn’t been affected by COVID19 in some way. I couldn’t start this letter without first saying that our hearts, souls and minds stand with all those who have lost loved ones during this challenging time in our world. …

How do sled dogs stay fit in the summer when it is too hot to run?

After racing season is over and the snow melts in Alaska, the canine athletes of the Iditarod begin a quick transition into the summer months. Although the terms “training” and “conditioning” are often used interchangeably, their distinctions should be noted for this discussion. In the purest sense, training is the mental process of learning how …

Cathy’s Lessons and Messages

Cathy’s Lessons and Messages Download and read this PDF booklet containing messages from Cathy during 2009 Iditarod by following this link. Lessons by Cathy Download a booklet containing Cathy’s lessons by clicking here.  (To be added soon) Lessons: Water the Huskies Relay Summary: Students will run traditional relays with the intent of working as a team to …

The Anchorage Mushing District planning continues

  Each year in late February and early March Anchorage’s 4th Avenue transforms into an epicenter of sled dog racing. The Iditarod and World Championship races thrill spectators from around the world. Now, by mayoral proclamation 4th Avenue from A to G Streets is officially the historic Mushing District. Located at the start line of …

Do sled dogs carb up days before a race, like human marathon runners?

By Dr Veronica C Devall DVM,DACVSMR Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation  Devall Veterinary Consulting LTD Integrative Veterinary Rehabilitation and Pain Management   No, sled dogs do not use high carbohydrate diets nor do they “carb up” prior to a long distance race.  The reason for this is that dogs …

Do many Siberian Huskies run the Iditarod? If not, why?

Siberian Huskies are the classic “sled dog” that most people envision when they think of sled dog teams, and that vision is often reinforced by Hollywood in movies and television shows. That image is so pervasive, that many people are taken aback when they first see the diverse collection of sizes, coat colors, and bodily …

Do sled dogs get frostbite?

  By Lori E. Gordon, DVM Veterinary Surgical Care, Inc. MA Task Force 1 US&R Veterinary Officer, NVRT Veterinary Officer   The short answer is yes, sled dogs do get frostbite. The details, however, give a better picture of why, where, when, and how often this occurs, as well as steps mushers take to prevent …

2020 Iditarod summer raffle winners announced!

  The 2020 Iditarod Summer Raffle drawing was conducted at 5 p.m. today at the Iditarod Headquarters in Wasilla. Ten lucky raffle ticket holders now share approximately $88,000 in prizes, which includes two (2) 2020 Ram 4×4 Quad Cab pickup trucks. The Iditarod Trail Committee (ITC) conducts two raffles annually. The financial success of each …

The Iditarod enlists infectious disease epidemiologist to advise on 2021 race planning

For its 49th running in March 2021, the Iditarod is developing a multi-tier COVID-19 mitigation plan to account for various permutations of the pandemic. The plan outlines specific safety protocols for different scenarios, contingency drills and rapid responsiveness with the goal of zero community transmission. The plan addresses every facet – from the race rookie …