The Iditarod Trail International Sled Dog Race shall be a race for dog mushers meeting the entry qualifications as set forth by the Board of Directors of the Iditarod Trail Committee.
Recognizing the aptitude and experience necessary and the varying degrees of monetary support and residence locations of mushers, with due regard to the safety of mushers, the humane care and treatment of dogs and the orderly conduct of the race, the Iditarod Trail Committee shall encourage and maintain the philosophy that the race be constructed to permit as many qualified mushers as possible who wish to enter and contest the race to do so.
The object of the race is to determine which musher and dogs can cover the race in the shortest time under their own power and without aid of others. That is determined by the nose of the first dog to cross the finish line. To that end, the Iditarod Trail Committee has established these rules and policies to govern the race.
Enter the 2021 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race
Entries for 2021 will be officially accepted starting on Thursday, June 4. Deadline for entry in the 2021 Iditarod is midnight, Friday, November 30.
The forms on this list are required at the time of payment of entry fee in order to be considered an official entrant. Be sure to get your paperwork in to the office well ahead of deadlines. Forms are reviewed and updated, as necessary, on an annual basis. Forms may be downloaded and submitted via mail, fax, or email. If you prefer to submit via online forms click here. Otherwise, click on each document for PDF download.
Fax to ITC Office at (907) 373-6998, email: firstname.lastname@example.org, or mail to: Iditarod Trail Committee, 2100 S. Knik-Goose Bay Rd.Wasilla, AK, 99654
You can check your payment status going to your My Account page here.
Fees are as follows, based on dates:
- $2k from opening day until midnight June 27 AKDT
- $3k June 28 – August 31
- $4k Sep. 1 – Nov. 30
- $8k post-November 30
Sponsors and Membership Forms
These forms are not required to be considered an official entrant. For inclusion in the Race Guide, we must have your sponsors turned in by December 12, 2020. You may submit updates to your sponsor list as many times as needed. The Iditarod Membership should be turned in as soon as possible to be sure your membership is updated.
All paperwork regarding dog care and returned dogs listed below is required. Please review submission due dates.
- DOG CARE AGREEMENT
Must be signed by a veterinarian from either Anchorage, Wasilla, Palmer or Big Lake. Due prior to food drop.
- LOCAL CONTACT FORMS 1 and 2
Both must be filled out by two different contacts. And must be signed by the local contact and the musher. Due prior to food drop.
- LETTER TO VETERINARIANS FROM DR. NELSON (signature letter)
This needs to be signed by the veterinarian that does the pre-race veterinary checkup. Due by date of Official Pre-Race Veterinary Check.
- PRE-RACE EXAM FORM
Due by date of Official Pre-Race Veterinary Check. There are 20 copies needed.
- MICROCHIP IDENTIFICATION SHEET
If you are a rookie musher planning on entering any future Iditarod, you must have a report card from your qualifying races completed by race officials and returned to the Iditarod office within 10 days of the end of the qualifying race. It is YOUR responsibility to advise officials prior to the start of the race that you are using it for a qualifier and will need the report card completed. Provide officials with the correct form provided below labeled Report Card PDF. It is best for officials to know ahead of time to watch you so they can complete the report card. There is no time frame on completing qualifiers.
You are required to run two (2) approved 300 mile or more qualifying races and one (1) 150 mile or more approved qualifying race, total of 3 races. If you run the Yukon Quest, you don’t need any other qualifiers. You also need a rookie reference from a musher who has completed the Iditarod and is familiar with your mushing capabilities. That form is provided below labeled Rookie Reference PDF.
Contact the Iditarod office within a month of completing your qualifiers and check to see if your required paperwork is in. If it hasn’t come in yet, then it is your responsibility to contact the race organizations and ask them about it. You should make sure that ALL report cards from qualifiers and your rookie reference are in prior sign up to run the Iditarod.
Required paperwork for rookies: (to be turned in prior filling out Iditarod entry forms)
Pike Dog Wellness First Initiative
Pike Dog Wellness First Initiative Providing Iditarod mushers with veterinary care funding for their race teams to mitigate the impact of COVID-19.
The initiative will allocate $25,000 to both the 2021 and 2022 Iditarod mushers, totaling $50,000. The first 50 mushers to enter each race are eligible to receive $500 for qualifying veterinary expenses.
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