Iditarod

Making Foot Ointment

The countdown timer says 12 days until Iditarod 2019 begins and every day the hands of volunteers are doing more preparation. Volunteer work can leave your hands rough and calloused, but In this case the volunteers are leaving with even softer hands than before. On Saturday, February 16, another group assembled at Iditarod headquarters in …

Eye on the Trail: The Distance Double Mushers

Be it the first Saturday of March or the first Saturday of February, distance-mushing fans are in seventh heaven.  In March fans are celebrating the start of Iditarod, the trek from Anchorage to Nome.  In February it’s the Yukon Quest from Whitehorse in the Yukon Territory to Fairbanks.  There are similarities between the races – …

Volunteering for Volunteers

Are you watching the countdown timer? In 14 days, Iditarod 2019 will start. Today was another preparation day at Airland Transport, Anchorage. More volunteers, some repeat from the past few days, gathered to sort and pack up the food and supplies being sent out for volunteers at each checkpoint along the trail. Some folks have …

Drop Bag Day 1

Are you watching the countdown timer? Only 16 days left before the start of Iditarod 2019; it’s crunch time. There are 52 mushers who will drop off their checkpoint drop bags today or tomorrow. The field of mushers is divided and mushers are requested to come on one of the days. They are coming in …

Arctic Fire and Security

Arctic Fire and Security is an Anchorage based company with almost 2 decades of experience equipping hospitals, schools, city buildings, and more with security and alarm systems. The Iditarod Trail Committee began securing the services of these ingenious technicians to provide monitoring equipment for the Iditarod canine athletes in dog lots along the race route. …

Eye on the Trail: Telephoto Tuesday – Mandatory Gear

Meredith Mapes is changing to a new sled in McGrath on her rookie Iditarod run in 2018.  There’s certainly a pile of gear on the ground.  Is it all going to fit into her new sled?  An important question here would be, “What’s mandatory?” Mandatory gear is listed in Rule 16. Here’s a copy paste of the …

Volunteer Dog Handling Training

Volunteer dog handling is a popular choice for Iditarod volunteers, especially those who may only get to experience the ceremonial start in downtown Anchorage. But it is one of the tougher positions for sure. If you’ve never been near a dog team just about to start a race, you are missing one of the most …

Countdown to Iditarod 2019

Watching the countdown timer? 21 days from now Iditarod 2019 officially begins. Since the end of last year’s race, preparations for 2019 have begun. Yesterday, February 7, was straw drop day. At Air Land Transportation, Anchorage, AK, roughly 50 very busy volunteers gathered to wrestle roughly 1,500 bales of straw (one bale of straw per …

A Message to 2019 IditaRiders

Hello IditaRiders! You will soon be headed down the trail for an 11 mile ride at the Start of the 2019 Iditarod on Saturday, March 2.  Get Ready for your ride!     First, a big thank you to all bidders who participated in this year’s auction. ur donation to the race is very important!  …

V.O.L.U.N.T.E.E.R.

Vibrant, Organized, Loyal, Unswerving, Necessary, Tenacious, Energetic, Eager, Remarkable! That is how we would describe our amazing volunteers! The Iditarod, a world-class premier dog sled race, is led and guided by a highly qualified board and top-notch, experienced and capable staff. But it is no secret that the race and preparations leading up to and …