Iditarod

What kind of vaccinations are needed for dogs to race? Are these vaccinations widely recommended for non-working dogs?

By Greg Closter DVM, Alaska SPCA Specific vaccination requirements have been established for all dogs racing in the Iditarod.  As stated in Rule 40: All dogs entered in the race must be current on their vaccinations for distemper/hepatitis/lepto/parvo/parainfluenza (DHLPP), rabies, and injectable, nasal, or oral bordetella. Bordetella is often referred to as “kennel cough”.  While …

Jr Iditarod: Building opportunities for young mushers

Article by Emily Dinges   Have you ever wondered about opportunities for younger mushers? Let’s talk about the Jr. Iditarod! The Jr. Iditarod is for mushers 14 – 17 years old and stretches 150 miles. Typically, the race starts in Knik and winds its way up through the Alaskan wilderness, where mushers stop in Yentna …

Faces of the Iditarod, read their stories and hear their voices

  On Iditarod in July day 8, we are pleased to feature Faces of the Iditarod. Famed Iditarod photographer, Jeff Schultz has produced a magical multi-media “living” exhibit that captures the soul and essence of the Iditarod by profiling a growing list of 565 mushers, volunteers, spectators, village residents, and of course the canine athletes. …

The History of the Early Iditarod Air Force

Article by Rob Stapleton Excerpt from the book Iditarod: The First 10 Years, an anthology compiled by The Old Iditarod Gang.   While the dogs are the athletes of the Iditarod, aircraft and the people who pilot them are the workhorses of the 1,049-mile race. With no road access available past the Anchorage ceremonial start …

Building the Dream: The Iditarod Early Years

Article by Walt and Gail Phillips  Excerpt from the book Iditarod: The First 10 Years, an anthology compiled by The Old Iditarod Gang.   When the Iditarod Race was first under consideration, the organizers included members of the Wasilla–Knik Centennial Race Committee (organizers of the 1967 race along the southern portion of the Iditarod Trail), …

Guardians of the Race: Iditarod vets of the first ten years

Article by Frank Gerjevic Excerpt from the book Iditarod: The First 10 Years, an anthology compiled by The Old Iditarod Gang.   For all of their skill, savvy, and dog sense, the early Iditarod mushers didn’t know what they were doing. Nobody did, because nobody had run a sled-dog race from Anchorage to Nome before. …

Iditarod, leaders in dog care

  In your next life wouldn’t it be great to come back as an Iditarod dog. You get extraordinary preventative and thought leading health care. Your life expectancy is very high and you will have much lower incidences of cancer, orthopedic, and metabolic diseases compared to the general dog population. Not only will you be …

Iditarod EDU’s “Top Ten”

  You can learn a lot from a sled dog!  The Iditarod embodies an education department that reaches worldwide. Read on to learn more about the Iditarod EDU and some of its many and varied applications. You can contact Jane Holmes, Director of Education, about these programs or with any questions. Email Jane.Holmes@iditarod.com   #1 …

We are excited to release the Iditarod’s new 50th Anniversary logo!

Our 50th Anniversary logo honors the extraordinary athleticism of the sled dog and includes a symbolic representation of the garland, which is awarded to the lead dogs of the champion’s team. We are looking forward to all the great 50th anniversary apparel and other items to be released this fall! So stay tuned! Lookout for …

Top 10 Iditarod Insider Videos of 2021

  It is Iditarod in July week, and we are counting down the Top 10 Iditarod Insider Videos of 2021. Each day we will release a new video starting July 21 with the last one being released on July 30. So, keep checking every day. Guess what, these Iditarod Insider videos are 100% free to …