Jr. Iditarod

Eye on the Trail: Jr. Iditarod Photo Journal

Going with the idea that a picture is worth a thousand words, here are some photos of the seven mushers and their teams from the start of the Jr. Iditarod.  These outstanding young mushers deserve congratulations for their skills, love of nature, love for being in the out-of-doors, love of adventure, love of dogs, perseverance …

Eye on the Trail: Jr. Iditarod Celebrates Success

While some might think that when the Finisher’s Banquet has concluded and the Red Lantern has been awarded, the race is over.  I suppose that “officially” speaking that may very well be true.  In the case of the Jr. Iditarod, the Finisher’s Banquet and the awarding of the Red Lantern is the beginning for new …

Eye on the Trail: Jr. Iditarod From Yentna Checkpoint

From Yentna Station early on Sunday morning, all the Jr. Iditarod mushers are on the trail heading for Willow.  The first musher to leave Yentna Station, Anna Stephan, departed at 04:48.  Winds were calm, skies were clear and the temperature was 9 degrees below zero.  Stephen is the only veteran in the 2019 Jr. Iditarod.  …

Eye on the Trail: Jr. Iditarod Start

It’s partly cloudy in Knik and the temperature is climbing from the zero mark.  There’s plenty of snow as Mother Nature has been good to mushers and snow machiners over the recent weeks.  Trail officials have groomed and marked the trail.  The question yet to be answered, will the trail set up or will it …

Eye on the Trail: Jr. Iditarod Honors Barb Redington

There’s a go to person in every organization. For Jr. Iditarod it’s Barb Redington.  In recognition of her service, the Jr. Iditarod Board of Directors has named Barb as the 2019 Honorary Musher.  Barb will receive Bib #1, signed by the Jr. Iditarod mushers, to wear at the start of the 2019 race.    Jr. Iditarod …

Eye on the Trail: Jr. Iditarod XLII

A superb group of seven mushers are heading to Knik Lake in the morning for the start of  Jr. Iditarod XLII.  Earlier today mushers brought their dogs in for vet check. This evening they gathered for bib draw, pizza, beverages and race rule information.  The field went from eight to seven when a musher withdrew prior …

Eye on the Trail – Jr. Iditarod Fun Facts!

This February will mark the 42nd year of the Jr. Iditarod.  The Junior, just like the Iditarod, began as a dream.  Joe Redington, Sr. dreamed of a long distance race across Alaska to keep the sled dog in Alaska and the old mail routes on the map.  It was Eric Beeman who dreamed of a distance …

Eye on the Trail: Meet the Jr. Iditarod Mushers

Eight teenage mushers make up the field for the 2019 Jr. Iditarod.  More rookies than veterans and more girls than boys.  The race welcomes its first competitor from Sweden.  The elite eight will run a 150-mile course from Knik Lake to the Yentna Station Roadhouse then finish at the Willow Community Center.  This year marks …

Eye on the Trail: Iditarod Begins with the Junior Iditarod

Ask me when Iditarod begins and I’ll reply, “The last Saturday of February.”  Ardent Iditarod fans might attempt to set me straight with, “Don’t you mean the first Saturday of March?”  But no, I stand firm.  Iditarod begins with the Jr. Iditarod and that happens the last weekend of February. The young mushers that run the …

Eye on the Trail: JR Iditarod Zoom Lens

The 2018 JR Iditarod is in the history books.  Race Marshal, Cim Smith, praised the eleven young mushers for their dog care and sled driving abilities.  The third time was a charm for veteran musher, Bailey Schaeffer.  Schaeffer captured gold by 2 minutes over Chandler Wappett.  While the trail was slow on the first leg …