Iditarod

Eye on the Trail: When Does Iditarod Start?

When does Iditarod start? That’s a question I hear often. My answer is always, “The last Saturday of February.”  If you’re an avid race fan, you’d quickly correct me saying, “Hey everyone knows Iditarod begins on the first Saturday of March!”  Hear my out on this. On the last Saturday of February, exactly one week prior to …


Anchorage Distillery becomes an Iditarod Sponsor

We are happy to announce the addition of Anchorage Distillery as a sponsor for the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. Anchorage Distillery CEO Bob Klein says that the company is proud to be part of an “incredibly Alaskan” event. We welcome Anchorage Distillery as an Iditarod sponsor. Click here to view a video message from …


2018 Summer Raffle Winners Announced

  Prize Winners Announced! Iditarod Trail Committee Raffle – 2018 Summer Raffle (Drawn September 3, 2018, State Fair, Palmer, AK)   Prize # Ticket # Winner Prize Donated By     1     0097   D. Steward, Mat-Su, AK     2018 Dodge Ram 4×4 Pickup Truck, you pick color & options, or a …


Joar Leifseth Ulsom Has a Great Idea for You on How to Support Iditarod

2019 Iditarod Champion Joar Leifseth Ulsom, has a suggestion on how you can help support the Iditarod.  View Joar’s message video by clicking here.  Please consider getting a raffle ticket. Call: 1800.545.6874 right now.  Operators are standing by and ready to take your call. 


Joar Leifseth Ulsom will be at the Alaska State Fair on August 25

Joar Leifseth Ulsom will be at the Alaska State Fair on Saturday, August 25, 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm. Stop by the Iditarod booth, near the State Trooper booth, to meet Olive, one of Joar’s sled dogs.  Don’t miss this opportunity to visit with Joar and get an autograph. Click here to visit our event …


Eye On the Trail: Iditarod XLVII

With the Volunteer and Musher Sign-up Picnic, the first chapter of Iditarod XLVII has been recorded. The day began with heavy cloud cover that threatened rain at any minute but optimistic as Iditarod fans, volunteers and mushers are, spirits were not dampened.  The positive vibes prevailed and by noon the sky turned from mostly cloudy to …


Summer Raffle Tickets Available! Call Now: 800.545.6874

  The countdown to our drawing has begun and time is running out to purchase a Summer Raffle Ticket.  It’s important you call right away and make your purchase.  We often sell out of tickets around the start of the State Fair.  If you are waiting to get your ticket until fair week or when …


Listen to Iditarod’s Hobo Jim Sing the ‘Iditarod Trail Song’

Each year, ‘The Iditarod Trail Song’ is sung in classrooms around the world. Watch this performance and listen to students in Maryland sing this song at their school program.  2018 – Spring  (with Hobo Jim granting permission)  Here’s the words to the chant that the students recite prior to singing. In the land of the midnight sun, …


James Varsos (Hobo Jim) Receives Honorary Doctor of Music Degree at UAF

Hobo Jim will receive an honorary degree, Doctor of Music from UAA on May 5th during commencement ceremony.  Jim (James Varsos –  the Alaska State Balladeer) has been writing and performing songs about life in Alaska –sharing Alaska’s history, culture, and Iditarod to fans around the world for more than 40 years. Hobo Jim created …


Dorothy Page Honored

On May 1, the late Dorothy Page,  the “Mother of the Iditarod” was inducted into the Alaska Women’s Hall of Fame. Dorothy, a journalist and historian, wrote and published the “Iditarod Trail Annual” during the early years of the Race.  In 1964, Dorothy had a great idea!  As chairman of the Wasilla-Knik Centennial Committee and …