Iditarod

Iditarod Headquarters reopens after COVID-19 restrictions lift

The Iditarod Headquarters to reopen Friday, May 29. The store will operate under limited hours Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Guests/groups are asked to remain six feet apart, and the possibility exists that we might limit entry to the store if it gets especially crowded inside. The Iditarod wants to …

2020 Iditarod EDU Summer Summit: Virtual Experiential Learning Opportunities

Introducing the 2020 Virtual Iditarod Edu Summer Summit! Due to the pandemic our nation is currently facing, we will be changing our in-person summer camp to a one-day virtual summer summit. Date of conference: Friday June 12, 2020 (Timeframe forthcoming) Cost: $149 … Purchase your Zoom seat today! Our conference will offer the following, plus …

The Iditarod launches new dog care initiative

Pike Dog Wellness First Initiative will provide Iditarod mushers with veterinary care funding for their race teams to mitigate the impact of COVID-19. The Iditarod, to further cement its commitment to excellence in dog care and help out the mushing community during the COVID-19 pandemic, has launched a $50,000 fund in partnership with longtime Iditarod supporter …

City of Nome Mayor Richard Beneville passes

  The Iditarod is saddened to share the news of Nome Mayor Richard Beneville passing. Mayor Beneville embraced the Iditarod and supported the historical connection between Nome and the Iditarod sled dog race. He will truly be missed by the entire Iditarod Nation but his spirit will remain alive.     Listen to Mayor Richard …

Lance Mackey disqualified from 2020 Iditarod

The Iditarod has announced that, due to a failed drug test, Lance Mackey’s 21st place finish at the 2020 Iditarod will be vacated. Mackey’s urine sample taken in White Mountain, a standard operating procedure for the first thirty mushers arriving at the checkpoint, tested positive for methamphetamine. “Some may have expected, known, or like myself, …

Jessie Royer wins Northern Air Cargo 4×4 drawing

Thanks to all who tuned in to the Northern Air Cargo 4×4 musher drawing! If you missed it, veteran musher Jessie Royer won the Northern Air Cargo 4×4. We drew keys almost to the last musher. We also announced Aaron Burmeister as the Northern Air Cargo Herbie Nayokpuk Memorial Award recipient. Watch the full video …

Aaron Burmeister honored with 2020 Northern Air Cargo Herbie Nayokpuk Memorial Award

Veteran Iditarod musher Aaron Burmeister of Nome and Nenana, Alaska, was chosen as the musher who most represents the spirit of Herbie Nayokpuk, the “Shishmaref Cannonball,” and was bestowed the Northern Air Cargo Herbie Nayokpuk Memorial Award.   Race checkers along the Norton Sound part of the Iditarod trail – from Unalakleet to Nome – …

Iditarod’s work isn’t done yet! Return bags are finally getting sorted thanks to gracious volunteers.

  We want to thank our volunteers and mushers who took time this week to help us with the sorting of musher return bags and race equipment that came back from the trail. We are about a month late doing all of this due to COVID-19 restrictions. Couldn’t have done it without you all!

Community of Shaktoolik awarded Iditarod 2020 Golden Clipboard Award

The checkpoint of Shaktoolik has been awarded the Iditarod’s Golden Clipboard Award for the 2020 race, a distinguished recognition voted on by the Iditarod Official Finishers Club. Shaktoolik was chosen for its residents’ incredible commitment to providing mushers the best checkpoint accommodations possible in light of restrictions and concerns over COVID-19. Out of precaution and …

Veteran Iditarod musher Tim Pappas wins 2020 Matson Most Improved Musher Award

Iditarod veteran musher Tim Pappas of Big Lake, Alaska, won the Matson Most Improved Musher Award in only his second Iditarod race. Pappas completed the nearly 1,000-mile race in 11 days, 57 minutes and 36 seconds, finishing in 20th place. Pappas improved 31 places from his previous best finish of 51st in 2016, his rookie …