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K2 and Bark co-lead team to Iditarod victory, earn City of Nome Lolly Medley Golden Harness Award

K2 and Bark, Iditarod XLVIII champion Thomas Waerner’s lead dogs, have been recognized by this year’s Iditarod finishers for their complementary style of leadership and have been jointly awarded the City of Nome Lolly Medley Golden Harness Award. Lolly Medley was a harness maker from Wasilla and began presenting a golden-colored harness to an outstanding …

Iditarod Headquarters reopens after COVID-19 restrictions lift

The Iditarod Headquarters to reopen Friday, May 29. The store will operate under limited hours Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Guests/groups are asked to remain six feet apart, and the possibility exists that we might limit entry to the store if it gets especially crowded inside. The Iditarod wants to …

2020 Iditarod EDU Summer Summit: Virtual Experiential Learning Opportunities

Introducing the 2020 Virtual Iditarod Edu Summer Summit! Due to the pandemic our nation is currently facing, we will be changing our in-person summer camp to a one-day virtual summer summit. Date of conference: Friday June 12, 2020 (Timeframe forthcoming) Cost: $149 … Purchase your Zoom seat today! Our conference will offer the following, plus …

The Iditarod launches new dog care initiative

Pike Dog Wellness First Initiative will provide Iditarod mushers with veterinary care funding for their race teams to mitigate the impact of COVID-19. The Iditarod, to further cement its commitment to excellence in dog care and help out the mushing community during the COVID-19 pandemic, has launched a $50,000 fund in partnership with longtime Iditarod supporter …

City of Nome Mayor Richard Beneville passes

  The Iditarod is saddened to share the news of Nome Mayor Richard Beneville passing. Mayor Beneville embraced the Iditarod and supported the historical connection between Nome and the Iditarod sled dog race. He will truly be missed by the entire Iditarod Nation but his spirit will remain alive.     Listen to Mayor Richard …

Lance Mackey disqualified from 2020 Iditarod

The Iditarod has announced that, due to a failed drug test, Lance Mackey’s 21st place finish at the 2020 Iditarod will be vacated. Mackey’s urine sample taken in White Mountain, a standard operating procedure for the first thirty mushers arriving at the checkpoint, tested positive for methamphetamine. “Some may have expected, known, or like myself, …

You and Your Dog!

As Iditarod mushers and vets, we understand that all responsible dog owners know the basics behind good dog care. Providing your dog with the right food and a healthy balanced diet is an important aspect of keeping him healthy. So is regular vet care, clean and dry living quarters, plenty of fresh water, lots of …

Checkpoint protocol and dog care

by Stuart Nelson Jr., DVM Of a total staff of approximately 50 veterinarians, most will serve as “trail” veterinarians. These individuals will have a number of responsibilities at checkpoints along the race route. Of course, their primary focus will be on the examination, evaluation, and treatment of the canine athletes. A “senior” veterinarian is selected …

What is a Sled Dog?

by Stuart Nelson, Jr., DVM What is a sled dog? This question was addressed by the ISDVMA (International Sled Dog Veterinary Medical Association) board of directors at their recent meeting in Germany. The answer seems to be rather obvious, but as with most things in life, it is more complex than a superficial assessment would …

Volunteerism: how does one become a member of the Iditarod veterinary staff?

by Stuart Nelson, Jr., DVM “Volunteers” and “Volunteerism.” These words have received much media attention in the last few months. Our political leaders have been enthusiastically promoting the importance and significance of their roles in society, and the reason is obvious. Funding is not available for every good work that needs to be accomplished, and …