Iditarod

Meet the IditaRiders for the 2020 Iditarod

When the 2020 Iditarod starts on Saturday, March 7, each sled leaving the starting line will have an IditaRider in the basket.  These rides were purchased as a part of our IditaRider auction.  You can learn more about the auction by clicking here. The starting bibs that the mushers will be wearing will be autographed …

Keeping the canine athletes warm and ready to run

Each year volunteers gather to pack straw beds for the sled dogs to be delivered to various checkpoints across the Iditarod’s nearly 1,000-mile trail. This work happens weeks in advance of the race and takes a team of over a dozen dedicated volunteers many hours to complete this important job. These beds keep the dogs …

Fans encouraged to take shuttle to Willow restart

In an effort to accommodate race fans and minimize traffic congestion, the Iditarod is once again offering shuttle bus service from a variety of designated locations in Anchorage, Houston, Wasilla, and Talkeetna, to the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race restart on Sunday, March 8, at 2 p.m. on Willow Lake.   Sunday, March 8 Shuttle …

Iditarod names Gail Phillips as 2020 honorary musher

The Iditarod is proud to announce that the 2020 honorary musher is longtime Alaskan Gail Phillips. The honorary musher is a symbolic designation to someone who has made a significant contribution to furthering the Iditarod’s legacy and wears bib No. 1 of the race. The honorary musher is the first to leave the Iditarod ceremonial …

Iditarod announces new dog musher contest for Iditarod XLVIII

The Iditarod is thrilled to announce the “Iditarod Trifecta,” a new dog musher contest for the 48th running of the “Last Great Race on Earth.” Beginning today through March 8, mushing fans from all over the world can participate in the Iditarod Trifecta, a dog musher contest to win a cash purse. Simply enter a …

Musher Drawing Banquet & Meet and Greet Event

The Iditarod Mushers Drawing Banquet is the annual banquet fundraiser and drawing for the official start order. The banquet celebrates the mushers who are about to take part in the “Last Great Race on Earth®” – the nearly 1,000-mile Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. The annual banquet will take place on Thursday, March 5 at …

Iditarod Trail Winter Raffle 2020

The Iditarod Trail Raffle is a great way to support the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race and gives you a chance to win big! Your raffle purchase is a donation that helps us meet the financial obligations of the Iditarod Race. Without this fundraiser and the sale of these tickets, we would not be able …

A Message to All 2020 IditaRiders

Hello IditaRiders! You will soon be headed down the trail for an 11 mile ride at the Start of the 2020 Iditarod on Saturday, March 7.  Congratulations on being a 2020 IditaRider!   First, a big thank you to all bidders who participated in this year’s auction. Your donation to the race is very important!  …

Blue Steel, a veteran dog’s love for racing

Monica Zappa, currently of Kasilof, Alaska, has been running the Iditarod since 2014, except in 2019. This year, her team will have four rookies and 10 veteran dogs running with her. She has one talented dog named Blue Steel that has been running the Iditarod trail for the past six years and the 2020 Iditarod …

Roll call on the Massicotte team

  Martin Massicotte, of St-Tite, Quebec, is a rookie to the Iditarod but a seasoned musher. As a teenager he ran sprint races and started his long-distance career in 1996 racing distances from 60 to 400 miles. Most of his races were run in Northeastern America, then in 2003 he traveled to Alaska to run …