It took him just 2 whacks at the Iditarod to become a Champion and it would be the final competitive Iditarod in the career of Dean Osmar. Although he has had dogs from his kennel in just about every race since this long time dog driver leaves the competition to others these days. But what …
1985 Libby Riddles made headlines across the globe becoming the first woman to win the Iditarod Sleddog Race! She made history and also forged her way through a coastal storm that would become legendary in the history of the race. This great Champion recounts her days competing in the Iditarod.
Rudy Demoski was born and raised in Anvik, Alaska. He began mushing in 1974 and says he became interested in the Iditarod because he saw Ken Chase run in 1973. He ran his first Iditarod in 1974, finishing fourth.
Terry Adkins was the only veterinarian on the first Iditarod back in 1973. He started running the Iditarod in 1974 and had run the Iditarod 21 times by 1998
Dick Wilmarth was Iditarod’s very first Champion in 1973. This legend from Red Devil found the challenge to be right up his alley. When asked if he knew he could make it, he scoffed at the question! They were a different breed in 1973.
Emmitt Peters, aka The Yukon Fox, won the Iditarod in 1975 as a rookie and earned Rookie of the Year that same year. Peters broke the finishing record, at the time, with a time of 14d, 14h, 43m, 15s. Listen as he recalls one of his great lead dogs of the past.
Don Honea, First Traditional Chief of Ruby, talks about the first years of the Iditarod and the enjoyment he felt during the years he ran in the ’70s and ’80s.
He was an Iditarod Original running the first race in 1973. Between 1973 and 2002 this native musher ran the Iditarod 16 times finishing it 12 times. His best finish was 4th in 1978.