Writing to Mushers: Steps for Success

We are happy to provide you with contact information of mushers agreeing to receive letters from students.  If you are writing to mushers, please follow the instructions below.

  • We only send contact information to educators who are needing the contact information for educational purposes.  We do not release email information for mushers.  We do not release any contact information directly to students. 
  •  We are grateful to those mushers who  do respond to student mail.  However, please remember that mushers are busy and some letters of response may not arrive until May, June, or even over the summer months.
  • Not all mushers will respond.  We do not guarantee response or a time frame for those who do respond.
  • Following our guidelines may lead to greater success with  your educational project.  Thanks for your patience!

1.  Please read this information and suggestions before writing to mushers. 

* Please Note:  Each year’s musher contact list is updated by  mid-December because mushers can sign up for the race until the end of the November; we don’t know who all of our mushers will be until that time. We will send out the ‘new’ contact list in mid December. It is not updated for musher withdrawals or additions so please check the current musher roster when you begin your letter writing project.  Please use an updated list EACH YEAR to make sure you are writing to the correct list of mushers and that you are writing to mushers who agree to get letters from students. 

2. Complete this form: tinyurl.com/2024MusherLetter

3. Once the education department has received your request, you will receive the musher contact information after the musher registration deadline of December 1.

4. Students should choose the mushers they’d like to write to and create well written letters that ask good questions and wish mushers success.  When students view information on a musher’s website, students are able to come up with questions that aren’t answered on the website, making responses from mushers who do write back much more interesting for your students.

5. Place the letter(s) to each musher in a separate envelope. Along with your letter(s), be sure to include a self-addressed-stamped-envelope if you would like to receive a reply.

6. Once your letter(s) and the SASE are inside of your envelope, address the correspondence to the musher using the address list that was sent to you.

7. Remember to put correct postage on the return envelope.  REMEMBER if the musher is from another country, you cannot use United States postage on the return envelopes.  Mushers must return mail using foreign postage. Contact your post office for assistance.


8. Send the envelopes directly to the musher. Don’t send the letters to Iditarod Headquarters.  Mushers do not get their mail at Headquarters and they will not be forwarded or delivered from there.

Questions:  Email Jim Deprez at jimdeprez@gmail.com or Annie Kelley at aekelley825@gmail.com

MOST IMPORTANTLY:  Thanks for your participation!