2020 Iditarod Race Rules

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, Inc.

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 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.




For Rookie Mushers Planning to Run the 2020 (or later) Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race

If you are a rookie musher planning on entering a future Iditarod, you must get 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 that race for a qualifier and will need the report card completed and to provide officials with the correct form, which you will find on the website along with the other paperwork. That way, officials will know ahead of time to watch you so they can complete the report card. You should do that if there is any slight thought in your head about one day running the Iditarod. There is no time frame on completing qualifiers.

Information for Mushers

Learn more about rules, forms, deadlines, and fees here.



This manual was created to help answer any questions competing mushers have about the drug testing program. It includes the following topics related to the drug testing program: an overview of the program, procedures for drug testing violation prevention, guidelines for banned performance enhancing substances, custody protocols for a drug testing sample, laboratory test results and protocols for a drug testing violation. 

The purpose of the drug testing program in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race is to ensure a fair and level competition for all teams with the utmost importance put on maintaining the health and safety of the canine athletes that compete.