Iditarod

Winter Raffle Winners

2019 IDITAROD WINTER RAFFLE WINNERS ANNOUNCED Anchorage, Alaska – The 2019 Iditarod Winter Raffle drawing was conducted at 4:00 p.m. today at the Great Alaska Sportsman’s Show at Sullivan Arena in Anchorage. Twenty Iditarod raffle ticket holders now share in $176,000 in prizes, which includes four (4) 2018 Ram 4×4 Quad Cab pickup trucks. The …

American Kennel Club Adopts New Position Statement on Tethering

At its April meeting, the AKC Board of Directors approved a new position statement to clarify the organization’s position on tethering.  The position statement is as follows:  “The American Kennel Club recognizes that tethering is a practical and humane method for training and restraining dogs in a variety of circumstances.  Dogs should never be tethered …

Winter Raffle Ticket Information

Call 1800.545.6874 for your ticket. Tickets:  $100 each Drawing:  April 7 (4:00 PM AK) Need Not Be Present to Win 20 prizes:  16 ticket holders win $1000 cash each. 4 ticket holders will each win a 4×4 Pickup Truck from Anchorage Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram. (or a similarly priced Anchorage Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram vehicle) …

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 …

Support for the red lantern

There was a good sized crowd of people to cheer in this year’s red lantern winner, Victoria Hardwick of Bethel. Three Bethel mushers finished the race this year, Peter Kaiser who won the race, Jessica Klejka who finished in 31st place, and Victoria Hardwick who finished in 39th place and won the red lantern award. …

Race Work Continues

Iditarod 2019 is drawing to a close in Nome. Nome embraces the race in a big way. And last night was the finisher’s banquet at the Nome rec center. But it’s not only the banquet that takes coordination here. On Saturday, Dawn Ubelaker, Iditarod Nome Coordinator, had a few minutes to explain a bit about …

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 …

What do sled dogs do after they finish the Iditarod?

Yesterday I got asked what my dogs did after I finished the race last year – I finished on Saturday morning, my dogs and I flew home on Wednesday after the banquet. So what did we do for three days? We gave dog sled rides! My host family, the Owens family, does dog sled rides …

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 …