Iditarod Insider 2.0 offers a glimpse into the lives of Iditarod sled dogs and the people who engage with them every day of their lives.
They are lives full of energy, activity, and wellness. We visit with those that spend their summers on the glaciers, to others that spend their days near their wilds of Denali, and all stops in between. Insider 2.0 sets out to take you inside their lives, far from the trail and a look at a life of joy, camaraderie, and a level commitment that has few rivals.
Emmitt Peters, aka The Yukon Fox, won the Iditarod in 1975 as a rookie and earned Rookie of the Year that same year. Peters broke the finishing record, at the time, with a time of 14d, 14h, 43m, 15s. Listen as he recalls one of his great lead dogs of the past.
Don Honea, First Traditional Chief of Ruby, talks about the first years of the Iditarod and the enjoyment he felt during the years he ran in the ’70s and ’80s.
He was an Iditarod Original running the first race in 1973. Between 1973 and 2002 this native musher ran the Iditarod 16 times finishing it 12 times. His best finish was 4th in 1978.
The Insiders were recently in Denali Park and we took the opportunity to stop and chat with Jeff King. We wanted to know about his health and will he run in 2022.