Author: Terrie Hanke (606 posts)


Eye on the Jr. – Meet the Rookies

The Jr. Iditarod is in its 43rd year.  The nine contestants bring a wide variety of mushing experience to the stating line. Some come from mushing families and others have connected with a mushing family to learn the sport.   There are four veterans who all completed their rookie run in 2019.  There are five rookies who …

Eye on the Jr. – Meet the Veterans

Four graduates of the 2019 Jr. Iditarod Rookie class are returning to the race as veterans in 2020.  They’ll know the trail and with a year of experience they will be the upper classmen who will encourage and help the Rookie class of 2020. Bjorn Keller, age 15, has been working with his father, Jeremy, …

Eye on the Jr. – 43rd Jr. Iditarod

The 43rd Jr. Iditarod is scheduled to start on Knik Lake Saturday morning, February 29th.  In my mind, the Jr. Iditarod is the “start” of Iditarod.  Ask me when Iditarod starts and I’ll always answer, “The last Saturday of February.”  That’s for a couple of reasons.  Over the years, many of the Jr. Iditarod mushers …

Eye on the Trail – Musher Sign Up and Volunteer Picnic

Annually, the final Saturday of June marks the first chapter of the up coming Iditarod.  Mushers, volunteers, sponsors and ITC officials gather in Wasilla at Iditarod Headquarters to celebrate the service of volunteers and the first sign ups for Iditarod and the Jr. Iditarod.  The day dawned bright, clear and warm, a perfect day for …

Eye on the Trail: Victoria Hardwick of Bethel Earns Red Lantern

The Champion and the Red Lantern of Iditarod XLVII are both from Bethel, Alaska.  They are the front cover and back cover of an incredibly interesting story book.  The adventures recorded by all of the mushers of Iditarod XLVII that are the pages between the covers could not have been imagined or predicted. One of …

Eye on the Trail: Iditarod XLVII Awards Photo Journal

The finisher’s Banquet in Nome is a gala event celebrating both the challenge and success of the Iditarod.  Special awards are presented and the recipients have the opportunity to speak about the events surrounding the award.  Each musher is called to the podium in finish order to receive recognition and have the opportunity to share …

Iditarod XLVII Special Awards

Alaska Air Transit Spirit of Iditarod Award – Nicolas Petit First Musher to McGrath – Beaver Mitts by Loretta Maillelle of McGrath Musher hat made by Rosalie Egrass of McGrath   GCI Dorothy G. Page Halfway Award – Aliy Zirkle First Musher to Iditarod – $3,000 in gold nuggets, Commemorative Trophy   The Lakefront Anchorage …

Eye on the Trail: Kristin Bacon Arrives in Nome

Kristin was first introduced to sled dogs in the winter of 1999.  She began volunteering at the Skwentna Checkpoint for Iditarod in 2005. In 2011 she decided to start her own dog team and acquired Libby from Ryan Redington.  Libby delivered puppies and that team completed their first Iditarod in 2016.  This year is Kristin’s third …

Eye on the Trail: Jeremy Keller Makes Nome

Jeremy Keller of Knik is back on the trail after his rookie run in 2007.  Keller finished that race in 54th place in a time of 15 days, 15 hours and 55 minutes.  His 2019 run is an improvement in both place and time. By the time Keller got to the Yukon River, he had returned …

Eye on the Trail: Braverman 36th into Nome

Blair Braverman grew up in California but had her first mushing experiences in Norway.  As a teenager, Blaire went to Norway to attend a folk school to learn how to drive and care for dogs and herself in the Arctic. She has a BA in Environmental Law and an MFA in Nonfiction Writing.  Blair has authored …