Junior Iditarod Stories

Jr. Iditarod Mushers Start the Ball Rolling

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 have gone on to compete in the Iditarod.  Also, the festivities of the Jr. Iditarod occur one week prior to Iditarod and it seems that the …

Kevin Harper Wins Junior Iditarod

Kevin Harper got a little sleep last night after doing his chores and feeding his dogs. He woke up at approximately 1:00 a.m. to begin his preparations to depart Alpine Creek Lodge at 4:18 a.m. Jimmy Lanier was doing the same preparations for his departure at 4:10 a.m. Eight minutes will separate the two Junior …

The Junior Champion – “Will it be a boy or a girl?”

“Will it be a boy or a girl this year?” This is the question Barb Redington asked the junior mushers last night at the Junior Iditarod Mandatory Meeting. There are eleven juniors racing this year, six girls and five boys. Ten out of the eleven young mushers sat in the front row at Iditarod Headquarters …

Congratulations!

[wpvideo aDeqDE9d] Congratulations to Conway Seavey, the winner of the 2014 Junior Iditarod!  Here he is leaving from the starting line on Saturday morning.

In the History Books

The 2014 Junior Iditarod officially concluded tonight with the Junior Iditarod Awards Banquet.  The juniors graciously accepted their awards and prizes and thanked their families and sponsors.  The prize committee worked exceptionally hard this year and the kids earned a variety of scholarships and awards totaling in the neighborhood of $17,000. I always tell my …

The Finish Line

When daylight broke at Yentna Station the planes began arriving to move out all the personnel who had been located at the station.  We were on the second plane to take off, and we managed to make it back to Martin Buser’s Happy Trails Kennel in time to see Andrew Nolan come in fifth place …

The Juniors are Off and Running!

We arrived at Martin Buser’s Happy Trails Kennel about 8am this morning and the action was already in full swing!  The kids were busily unloading the dogs, taking care of their feet, having their sled bags checked, getting their SPOT trackers pinned to their sleds, and getting their last minute advice and hugs and kisses. …

The Juniors Have a Starting Order!

What do GPS Trackers, trail markers, pizza, trail stakes, dog tags, race bibs, pictures, and dog booties have in common?  They all had featured roles in tonight’s Junior Iditarod meeting. After sharing some pizza, signing some autographs, and having some pictures taken, the juniors got started on their final meeting before hitting the trail tomorrow …

Checking in with Lacey and Nicole

My boys were anxious to hear that I did finally get to meet Lacey Hart and Nicole Forto in real life. They’ve both been so amazing this year with writing to my students and keeping  them up to date on their Junior Iditarod preparations.  Last night I got to check in with both of them. …

The Jr. Rookies Are One Step Closer

How better to learn about your passion then to hear from someone who has been in your shoes and has become an expert in the same area? This evening the Junior Iditarod Rookie Mushers had a meeting where they got to do just that.  They got to hear from experts in the field about the …