Jr. Iditarod

Eye on the Jr: Awards and More

Recognition, stories, prizes and honors are all a part of the Sunday evening Jr. Iditarod Awards Banquet. Family, friends, fans and supporters of the Jr Iditarod gathered at Redington High School to enjoy camaraderie and a meal catered by Fish On Camp Grill.  Salmon was on the menu. Each year the prize committee gathers amazing …

Eye on the Jr: 2024 Jr. Iditarod Has a Champion!

Emily Robinson, age 16 from Nenana, Alaska, has claimed her third consecutive Jr. Iditarod Championship! Call it hat trick or three-peat, it puts her in an elite class of Jr. Iditarod mushers as there is only one other musher to claim three consecutive victories.  Tim Osmar claimed his three-peat in 1982, 83 & 84.  In 2022, …

Eye on the Jr: 47th Jr. Iditarod Underway

The 47th Jr. Iditarod is underway.  Twenty-one mushers are on the trail heading to the half-way checkpoint at Yentna Station on the big bend of the Yentna River.  The checkpoint is hosted by the Gabryszaks at their wilderness roadhouse/lodge.  Mushers will camp with their dogs along the banks of the Yentna River, serving the required …

Eye on the Jr: Jeff Schultz Jr. Iditarod Honorary Musher

Jr. Iditarod has chosen photographer Jeff Schultz as their 2024 Honorary Musher.  For the start of the race while taking photos of the mushers, their dogs and all the action on Knik Lake, Schultz will be sporting bib #1 signed by all the mushers. A year or two after Joe Redington, Sr. talked Jeff into …

Eye on the Jr: Meet the Mushers Pt. 4

There’s a tremendous amount of planning and preparation that goes into any sled dog race.  Race organizers have been putting in many hours to make the Jr. Iditarod the race kids beg their parents to run.  Richard Plack and his trail crew are guaranteed to have the trail marked and in the great condition for …

 Eye on the Jr: Meet the Mushers Pt. 4

There’s a tremendous amount of planning and preparation that goes into any sled dog race.  Race organizers have been putting in many hours to make the Jr. Iditarod the race kids beg their parents to run.  Yes, there’s some snow in the forecast but Richard Plack and his trail crew are guaranteed to have the …

Eye on the Jr: History and Fun Facts

This February will mark the 47th 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 …

Eye on the Jr: Meet the Mushers Pt. 3

You’ll meet the Jr. Iditarod veterans who are participating in the 2024 race in the next three segments of Meet the Junior Iditarod Mushers.  Kids come to mushing through many different trails.  Sometimes it’s a family affair and other times it’s purely coincidence.  Whatever brought them to dogs, these are dedicated conscientious young people who …

Eye on the Jr: Saying Goodbye to Friends

Two wonderful friends of the Jr. Iditarod have passed away since the 46th race last winter.  Bob Morgan, the 2022 Jr. Iditarod  Honorary Musher and Jr. Iditarod board member passed in September of 2023.  George Murphy, pilot and Jr. Iditarod Board member emeritus passed in December of 2023.  Both men generously gave their time and …

Eye on the Jr: Meet the Mushers Pt. 2

The Jr. Iditarod starts on Saturday February 24th at 10:00 on Knik Lake right across the road from where Joe Redington’s old boat the Nomad sits.  You can follow the race through Eye on the Trail at Iditarod.com, at jriditarod.org or thru the Jr. Iditarod Facebook page. Meet the Jr. Iditarod Mushers, a five part …