Interviews with mushers, volunteers, and more! Sharing a wide range of stories from The Iditarod’s past and present races.

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We catch up with veteran Iditarod musher Ryne Olson and hear how her summer went, how fall training has started off, plus we get her take on the 2021 race. Follow Ryne and Ryno Kennel at and Facebook, Instagram, and TikTok.


Jeff talks about his beginnings in Alaska and Iditarod. Plus, shares what he is working on off the trail throughout the year. Find Jeff Schultz at or follow him on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube.


Listen to Amanda talk about her dreams of running the Iditarod, training with Jeff King, and all things in her mushing world. You can follow Amanda on social media at Otto.UpNorth on Instagram and Husky Homestead on Facebook. Fans can also support her mushing on GoFundMe here.


Greg Heister, Iditarod Insider producer, recently visited several musher kennels to film for the Insider 2.0 series. The 2.0 video series is additional Insider content chronicling mushers and their canine athletes off the trail and focuses on their team’s daily routine. We talk with Greg about filming in the summer, how he felt the 2021 trail went, and what he looks forward to for the 50th anniversary running. Visit Greg’s website at and social media at Seasons on the Fly on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.

Musher Will Troshynski talks about his rookie year, dog training plans, and new podcast Onward and Other Directions. Visit Will’s website at and social media at ATOA Kennel on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.


Volunteer Iditarod Veterinarian Kim Henneman talks with us about dog care on the trail and unique challenges of vet care in below freezing temperatures. Kim also marked 2021 as her 10th year volunteering with the veterinarian team on the trail.


Dallas Seavey, 5-time Iditarod Champion, talks with us about this interesting year back on the trail, summer plans, and his future in competitive mushing. Not to mention his Iditarod fashion sense. Be sure to follow Dallas on his Facebook athlete page @Dallas Seavey or visit


Listen in as we talk with veteran musher Larry Daugherty recap his 2021 Iditarod race. Larry talks about his broken sled, wrist injury, and how he carried a symbolic COVID vaccine in his sled.


Veteran Iditarod musher Martin Buser joins the podcast this week and talks about this year’s dog team and changing strategies due to the changing trail route. Follow Martin on Facebook at Martin Buser’s Happy Trails Kennel, on Instagram at Happy Trails Kennel, or on his website at

Veteran Iditarod mushing twin sisters Anna and Kristy Berington talk with us about training, dogs, and their plans for this year’s unique Iditarod route. You can follow the Beringtons on Instagram at Seeing Double Sled Dog Racing and their website at


We talk with Thomas Waerner, 2020 Iditarod Champion, about what he has been up to since his historic flight home after the 2020 race. Plus, learn what his thoughts are on the changes to the 2021 Iditarod race and challenges out of state mushers are facing trying to get into Alaska.

Follow Thomas on Instagram and Facebook at Thomas Waerner Berserkkennel. Check his pages for news on his upcoming races in Norway.



On this episode we talk with Jane Holmes, our new Associate Director of Education. Jane started working with Iditarod earlier this year and hit the ground running! Although not totally new to Iditarod, Jane has been volunteering on the trail for several years and was the 2008 Teacher on the Trail. With COVID changing the look of the Iditarod race, we talk about the challenges implementing the usual education programs like Teacher on the Trail. Plus, insight on new and revitalized programs like the EDU Newsletter and Trail Mail. 

Get connected to our Iditarod EDU programs at Follow Iditarod EDU on Facebook and Instagram.



Listen into our podcast episode with guest Rob Urbach, Iditarod CEO. We talk about the recent changes to the Iditarod Sled Dog Race due to COVID, including the new trail, COVID prevention plan, and the many intricacies still in the works. Stay up-to-date with Iditarod race changes at



Have a listen to our recent podcast with husband and wife mushing team, Jason and Jennifer Campeau! Jason is a veteran Iditarod musher returning to the trail this year and this is Jennifer’s first Iditarod race. Follow the Campeaus at Atka Kennel on Facebook and



Listen to the Tales From the Trail Iditarod podcast with guest Matthew Failor! We talk about puppies, his summer wedding, and winter training for Iditarod 2021. Check out Matthew and his team at 17th-Dog/Team Matthew Failor on social media and


On this podcast we talk with Aliy Zirkle, 20 year Iditarod veteran and only woman to win the Yukon Quest. Listen as we dive into Aliy’s 2020 and 2021 race year, future plans, and new ventures in mushing education. Follow SP Kennel – Aliy Zirkle and Allen Moore at, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube.


Iditarod veteran Jessie Holmes talks with us about his big move to Brushkana, Alaska, building his new home base, and growing his sled dog team. Jessie is also on the National Geographic docu series Life Below Zero. Follow Jessie Holmes on Facebook and Instagram at Team Can’t Stop.


Veteran Iditarod mushers Paige Drobny and Cody Strathe talk with us about living life off the grid and plans for running the 2021 Iditarod together. Follow Paige and Cody at Squid Acres Kennel on Facebook and Instagram or visit


Kelly Villar, 2020 Teacher on the Trail, talks with us about trail storms, COVID-19 pandemic, and the this once in a lifetime opportunity to follow the Iditarod Trail. Follow the 2021 Teacher on the Trail or read past articles by Kelly Villar here.


Jim Deprez, 2021 Teacher on the Trail, talks about lesson plans, kids activities, and looking forward to getting on the Iditarod trail. If you want to reach out to the Teacher on the Trail, email Jim Deprez at Also, read and follow Teacher on the Trail here.


Jeff and KattiJo Deeter, husband and wife mushing duo, talk with Tales from the Trail about summer kennel plans, puppies, and how Jeff fared on the 2020 Iditarod trail. Follow Deeter team at


On this episode of Tales from the Trail Krystin Bogan, Iditarod digital communications manager, talks to veteran Iditarod musher Monica Zappa about summer season kennel plans, this year’s Iditarod trail conditions, and where she gets her brightly colored mushing gear. Fans can follow Monica Zappa on her YouTube channel at


On this episode of Tales from the Trail Krystin Bogan, Iditarod digital communications manager, talks to Fabio Berlusconi about his journey to the Iditarod, his time on the trail, and his long trip back home to Italy in the new world of COVID-19. Follow Fabio Berlusconi on Instagram at


Iditarod CEO Rob Urbach talks with Kaci Murringer, 2020 Iditarod Iditarod Red Lantern award recipient. The Red Lantern is awarded to the last musher to cross the finish line in Nome. Murringer is also part of the Elim 11, the final group of mushers to cross the finish line who ended up being stranded together in the checkpoint of Elim due to poor trail conditions. Learn more about Kaci Murringer on her Facebook athlete page at


In this first episode of Tales from the Trail, Iditarod CEO Rob Urbach interviews 2020 Iditarod Champion Thomas Waerner.