Author: IditarodTeam (192 posts)


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 …

Chad Stoddard wins Rookie of the Year

Iditarod rookie Chad Stoddard (bib #18) of Anchorage, Alaska, won Rookie of the Year when he and his race team finished in 23rd place. He becomes the rookie with the best time in 2021, finishing in 9 days, 4 hours, 3 minutes and 10 seconds with 13 dogs in harness. After graduating from Western Washington University, Stoddard moved back …

Rookie Iditarod musher Jeremy Traska scratches at Nikolai (S) checkpoint

Rookie Iditarod musher Jeremy Traska (bib #5) of Two Rivers, Alaska, scratched at midnight at the Nikolai (S) checkpoint. Traska made the decision to scratch in the best interest of his race team. Traska had nine dogs in harness at the time he made the decision to scratch.

Dallas Seavey wins record-tying fifth Iditarod championship

Veteran Iditarod musher Dallas Seavey (bib #23) of Talkeetna, Alaska, crossed the finish line of the Iditarod Gold Trail Loop in Deshka Landing at 5:08 a.m. today, claiming his fifth Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race championship. Seavey is now tied with mushing legend Rick Swenson with five total championships. Seavey had 10 dogs in harness …

Dallas Seavey first to Skwentna, wins Northrim Bank Achieve More Award

Veteran Iditarod musher Dallas Seavey (bib #23) of Talkeetna, Alaska, was the first musher to reach the Skwentna (south) checkpoint today at 12:44 p.m. with 10 dogs. With the modified Iditarod Gold Trail Loop for the 2021 race, Northrim Bank’s award moved from the White Mountain checkpoint to the Skwentna checkpoint. Seavey receives a $2,500 …

Dallas Seavey first to Rainy Pass, wins Ryan Air Gold Coast Award

Veteran Iditarod musher Dallas Seavey (bib #23), of Talkeetna, Alaska, was the first musher to reach the Rainy Pass checkpoint at 3:04 a.m. today with 12 dogs in harness, winning the Ryan Air Gold Coast Award. Ryan Air is a returning Lead Dog sponsor of the 2021 Iditarod. The award consists of $1,000 in gold nuggets and …