The Iditarod Mourns the Loss of Howard Farley


The Iditarod Community morns the loss of one of it’s founding fathers, Howard Farley, who passed away over the weekend at 91 years old. “Howard was abolsutely an icon within the Iditarod. Even today, he was truly a history buff, and being a competitor and being from Nome, he will be dearly missed by all of us,” says Iditarod’s Race Director, Mark Nordman. Our condolences to Howard’s family, friends, colleagues and those in the mushing community whose lives he has touched since the first ever Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race®.


Happy Trails, Howard, you will be missed beyond belief, but your legacy will remain on the trail and within the hearts of Iditarod Nation.


Dorothy Page laughs as Howard Farley speaks at the musher banquet in Nome during the 1989 Iditarod. B&W negatives

Joe and Howard Farley of Nome

Joe being interviewed by the media in Nome. Howard Farley on the right side

Howard and Julie Farley in the Nome Museum during the 2017 Iditarod on Sunday March 19, 2017.
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