Entries for 2020 will be officially accepted starting at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 29. Entries for that day will close at 2:30 p.m. Drawings for two free entry fees and other items will be held starting at 3:00 p.m. In order to be in the drawing for the two free entry fees, the musher must be present at the time of the drawing.

Entry has to be postmarked by midnight Nov. 29th, received in person by end of business day Dec. 2nd. Please be sure to contact ITC if you are planning to enter and if your entry has been mailed.



All entries mailed after November 1 should be sent a certified return receipt. Certified mail ensures that if mail gets lost in transit you have proof that it was mailed before the deadline.


2020 Rules, Forms & Other Information for Mushers

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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 the 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.




2019-2020 QUALIFYING RACES as approved by the Iditarod Rules Committee



Many of the musher forms are dated. Dates are listed with the materials. Be sure to get your paperwork in to the office well ahead of deadlines. Be sure to check this page often for new forms and information that you will need to know. The forms on this list are required at the time of payment of entry fee in ($4,000) order to be considered an entrant.




    Print as many as you need and turn in as often as you need to. For inclusion in the Race Guide, we must have your sponsors turned in by December 11, 2019.
    It should be turned in as soon as possible to be sure your membership is updated. It would be good to turn in when you enter the race



For Rookie Mushers planning to enter the 2020 (or later) Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race:

If you are a rookie musher planning on entering a 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 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.

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, unless you run the Yukon Quest and in that case, you don’t need any other qualifiers. You also need a rookie reference from a musher who has completed the Iditarod. That form is also here on the website. 

You should 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 by the time you sign up to run the next year’s race. If you not checked with the Iditarod yet to see if we have the necessary report cards for you, please contact us right away to find out.

Additionally, when you pay your entry fee and submit the required paperwork to enter Iditarod 2020 you must submit a rookie reference (see below) form signed by a musher known to the Iditarod and who knows you and your capabilities.


    Related to the performance of a musher in an approved qualifying race. Must be turned into the Iditarod prior to musher’s entry.
    All rookies must provide a reference sheet from an Iditarod musher who is familiar with the rookie.this must be turned in with entry paperwork.