Author: IditarodTeam (196 posts)


The History of the Early Iditarod Air Force

Article by Rob Stapleton Excerpt from the book Iditarod: The First 10 Years, an anthology compiled by The Old Iditarod Gang.   While the dogs are the athletes of the Iditarod, aircraft and the people who pilot them are the workhorses of the 1,049-mile race. With no road access available past the Anchorage ceremonial start …

Building the Dream: The Iditarod Early Years

Article by Walt and Gail Phillips  Excerpt from the book Iditarod: The First 10 Years, an anthology compiled by The Old Iditarod Gang.   When the Iditarod Race was first under consideration, the organizers included members of the Wasilla–Knik Centennial Race Committee (organizers of the 1967 race along the southern portion of the Iditarod Trail), …

Guardians of the Race: Iditarod vets of the first ten years

Article by Frank Gerjevic Excerpt from the book Iditarod: The First 10 Years, an anthology compiled by The Old Iditarod Gang.   For all of their skill, savvy, and dog sense, the early Iditarod mushers didn’t know what they were doing. Nobody did, because nobody had run a sled-dog race from Anchorage to Nome before. …

Iditarod, leaders in dog care

  In your next life wouldn’t it be great to come back as an Iditarod dog. You get extraordinary preventative and thought leading health care. Your life expectancy is very high and you will have much lower incidences of cancer, orthopedic, and metabolic diseases compared to the general dog population. Not only will you be …

We are excited to release the Iditarod’s new 50th Anniversary logo!

Our 50th Anniversary logo honors the extraordinary athleticism of the sled dog and includes a symbolic representation of the garland, which is awarded to the lead dogs of the champion’s team. We are looking forward to all the great 50th anniversary apparel and other items to be released this fall! So stay tuned! Lookout for …

Top 10 Iditarod Insider Videos of 2021

  It is Iditarod in July week, and we are counting down the Top 10 Iditarod Insider Videos of 2021. Each day we will release a new video starting July 21 with the last one being released on July 30. So, keep checking every day. Guess what, these Iditarod Insider videos are 100% free to …

10 days of Iditarod in July, Don’t miss out on our daily virtual activities

  We are pleased to announce our version of “Christmas in July” – Iditarod in July.  Each day for the next 10 days we will be spreading a little bit of Iditarod magic with a daily release of a top 10 race video, a trivia question, curated content, shopping discounts and more! – Below is the schedule, …

Iditarod in July Trivia

The Iditarod Trivia Contest runs July 21 through July 30 on our social media channels Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Enter by liking the post, following our page, and answering the question correctly in the comments by 5 p.m. AK time. One winner will be randomly selected each day. Each winner will get some awesome Iditarod …

49 mushers enter 50th anniversary Iditarod on opening day

  Saturday, the Iditarod announced that 49 mushers have submitted their entries for the 50th running of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race to start in Anchorage on March 5, 2022. The Iditarod is kicking off its Golden Anniversary with one of the strongest fields in race history, including current (and five-time) Iditarod champion Dallas …

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 …