Jr. Iditarod

Eye on the Jr. – Celebration of Success

The Celebration of Success for the 2020 Jr. Iditarod was held in the Willow Community Center.  Snow had fallen during the night all along the trail and continued through the day on Sunday.  That translates into a slow run for the home stretch of the race.  The mushers and dogs handled it well.  To quote …

Eye on the Jr. – Running to Willow

The Jr. Iditarod mushers are back on the trail heading to Willow and the finish line.  Julia Cross lead all mushers into Yentna and departed at 03:44 to lead all mushers to Willow.  Trailbreakers departed before the mushers.  Measurable snow fell during the night to create a winter wonderland.  Yentna reported 16 inches and Eagle …

Eye on the Jr. – Running to Yentna

It was partly cloudy in Knik and the temperature was just above the zero mark.  Light winds brought the feels like temperature down a few degrees but by mushing standards it is a great day for a race. Mother Nature has been good to mushers and snow machiners over the recent weeks, providing adequate snowfall.  …

Eye on the Jr. – Bib Draw

Nine mushers will be heading to Knik Lake in the morning for the start of Jr. Iditarod XLIII.  Earlier today mushers brought their dogs in for vet check.  This evening they gathered for bib draw, pizza and race rules/information.  As the mushers came forward to draw their bib number, they all had hopes and expectations …

Eye on the Jr. – Vet Check

After 43 years, it’s very predictable.  Jr. Iditarod is the last weekend of February.  The mushers will meet with race officials to draw bib numbers on Friday evening.  There will be pizza for the mushers and their parents.  Earlier the same day, mushers bring their canine athletes in for vet check. This morning I was …

Eye on the Jr. – Honoring the Petersons

It’s a long-standing tradition for both the Jr. Iditarod and Iditarod to honor people who have given their time, energy and talents to the race.  The Jr. Iditarod salutes Linda and Dale Peterson as the honorary mushers for the 2020 race.  The Petersons will be wearing bibs with the #1 for the start of the …

Eye on the Jr. – Meet the Rookies

The Jr. Iditarod is in its 43rd year.  The nine contestants bring a wide variety of mushing experience to the stating line. Some come from mushing families and others have connected with a mushing family to learn the sport.   There are four veterans who all completed their rookie run in 2019.  There are five rookies who …

Eye on the Jr. – Meet the Veterans

Four graduates of the 2019 Jr. Iditarod Rookie class are returning to the race as veterans in 2020.  They’ll know the trail and with a year of experience they will be the upper classmen who will encourage and help the Rookie class of 2020. Bjorn Keller, age 15, has been working with his father, Jeremy, …

Eye on the Jr. – 43rd Jr. Iditarod

The 43rd Jr. Iditarod is scheduled to start on Knik Lake Saturday morning, February 29th.  In my mind, the Jr. Iditarod is the “start” of Iditarod.  Ask me when Iditarod starts and I’ll always answer, “The last Saturday of February.”  That’s for a couple of reasons.  Over the years, many of the Jr. Iditarod mushers …

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 …