Iditarod

The Anchorage Mushing District planning continues

  Each year in late February and early March Anchorage’s 4th Avenue transforms into an epicenter of sled dog racing. The Iditarod and World Championship races thrill spectators from around the world. Now, by mayoral proclamation 4th Avenue from A to G Streets is officially the historic Mushing District. Located at the start line of …

Do sled dogs carb up days before a race, like human marathon runners?

By Dr Veronica C Devall DVM,DACVSMR Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation  Devall Veterinary Consulting LTD Integrative Veterinary Rehabilitation and Pain Management   No, sled dogs do not use high carbohydrate diets nor do they “carb up” prior to a long distance race.  The reason for this is that dogs …

Do many Siberian Huskies run the Iditarod? If not, why?

Siberian Huskies are the classic “sled dog” that most people envision when they think of sled dog teams, and that vision is often reinforced by Hollywood in movies and television shows. That image is so pervasive, that many people are taken aback when they first see the diverse collection of sizes, coat colors, and bodily …

Do sled dogs get frostbite?

  By Lori E. Gordon, DVM Veterinary Surgical Care, Inc. MA Task Force 1 US&R Veterinary Officer, NVRT Veterinary Officer   The short answer is yes, sled dogs do get frostbite. The details, however, give a better picture of why, where, when, and how often this occurs, as well as steps mushers take to prevent …

2020 Iditarod summer raffle winners announced!

  The 2020 Iditarod Summer Raffle drawing was conducted at 5 p.m. today at the Iditarod Headquarters in Wasilla. Ten lucky raffle ticket holders now share approximately $88,000 in prizes, which includes two (2) 2020 Ram 4×4 Quad Cab pickup trucks. The Iditarod Trail Committee (ITC) conducts two raffles annually. The financial success of each …

The Iditarod enlists infectious disease epidemiologist to advise on 2021 race planning

For its 49th running in March 2021, the Iditarod is developing a multi-tier COVID-19 mitigation plan to account for various permutations of the pandemic. The plan outlines specific safety protocols for different scenarios, contingency drills and rapid responsiveness with the goal of zero community transmission. The plan addresses every facet – from the race rookie …

Become the next Iditarod Teacher on the Trail™! 

Calling all educators, you are invited to apply for the 2022 Iditarod Teacher on the Trail.  Applications are due December 1, 2020, so it’s not too late for you or someone you know to apply. Note:  Some changes to the application have recently been made, but If you have begun the application process with the …

Iditarod EDU announces virtual fall conference

Technology in an Ecosystem that Demands Greater Access Sign up by September 30 – $100 After September 30 – $125   Can’t attend on these dates? No problem, a digital copy is available for $89. Register for the conference here. Schedule Friday, October 16 Iditarod EDU Fireside Chat 2 – 4 p.m. Alaska Time   …

Iditarod HQ summer hours restored

Iditarod Headquarters is now open 7-days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Stop by and check out the beautiful cabins, gift shop, Iditarod memorabilia, and watch the Iditarod video. Store hours were temporarily suspended this spring, due to COVID-19. Iditarod HQ reopened its doors on May 29, with limited hours, and has taken …

2021 Iditarod Teacher on The Trail ™ Begins His Journey

The Iditarod is proud to announce that Jim Deprez will serve as the twenty-third Iditarod Teacher on the Trail.  Jim is in his 15th year of teaching at elementary education. After growing up in central Massachusetts, he went to college in Ohio and pursued a career in teaching. Since then, Jim has taught grades 2, …