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Eye on the Trail: Telephoto Story – Special Delivery

Mushers had been arriving at McGrath through out the day on Wednesday, the fifth of March. Most of the teams arriving on this day were choosing to take their 24-hour rest in McGrath. Those leading the race (Aliy Zirkle, Nic Petit, Aaron Burmeister, Jeff King, Sonny Lindner and Robert Sorlie) had gone through the day …

Eye on the Trail: Symposium Open House at Nature’s Kennel

It’s a pleasure to visit Nature’s Kennel to see the tour dogs, the race team dogs and the PUPPIES. The Sunday morning open house is the final activity of the Midwest Musher Symposium and Iditarod Teacher’s Conference. Ed and Tasha Stielstra along with their staff run a first class sled dog kennel. Ask any of …

Eye on the Trail: Michigan Symposium Keynote by Kristi and Anna Berington

“Our first sled was made of a pair of skis and a milk crate that clipped neatly into the bindings. Then we borrowed a handle from one of my Dad’s carts. We had two dogs, a Border Collie and a Great Pyrenees that we harnessed up for our team.”  That’s the story Kristi and Anna …

Eye on the Trail: Symposium/Conference in the UP of Michigan

Mushers and teachers gathered at the Midwest Sled Dog Symposium and Iditarod Teacher’s Conference in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan this final weekend of September. Mother Nature has been stingy with the brilliant colors that typically mark fall but the air is crisp and morning temperatures are dipping lower and closer to the first frost. …

Eye on the Trail: Telephoto Story – McGrath Sunset

McGrath is an important communications, transportation and supply center for interior Alaska. The same is true for the Iditarod. McGrath is one of the major hubs for the race. The village hosts a checkpoint in the community center. A race logistics center is located in the Café near the airstrip. Once the race moves over …

Congratulations to our Grand Prize Raffle Winners!

It’s ‘thumbs up’ from Mr. Rod Udd, Anchorage Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM and congratulations to Darwin Fischer, Wasilla, and Kenneth Simpson, Soldotna, 2016 Dodge Ram 4×4 Pickup Truck winners in our 2016 Summer Raffle. Thank you Anchorage Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM for your support of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race®.   Tickets for the …

Eye on the Trail: Telephoto Story – The Past, Present and Future of Iditarod

Neither of these fellows have run a dog team to Nome but they represent the past, the present and the future of Iditarod. Who are these two fellows? What Iditarod volunteer job do these men have in common? Where was this photo taken?  Read on to find the answers to these questions. It’s Monday morning. …

Where Are They Now? Donna Gentry

By Joanne Potts, Assistant to the Race Director and Donna Massay Finishing in 10th place in the 1980 Iditarod, Donna Gentry was the first female to finish as rookie of the year.  She finished the race in 15 days, 16 hours, 39 minutes, and 6 seconds. Donna grew up in Laconia, New Hampshire. She explained …

Volunteer Spotlight: Gail Somerville

By Joanne Potts, Assistant to the Race Director and Gail Somerville Gail Somerville moved from Los Angeles to Alaska in 1978, just in time to watch the Iditarod finish on television at the Iditarod table at the Hilton Hotel in downtown Anchorage. She was immediately captured by the excitement and the mystic of individual mushers with …

Celebration of Life and Tribute to Cyndy Fritts

Cyndy Fritts, long time Iditarod volunteer and organizer of the Skwentna Sweeties, passed away on August 16, 2016 in Eagle River, AK. Cyndy will long be remembered for her warm and friendly personality, her sense of humor, her can do attitude and her generous gifts of time and talent in her role at Iditarod’s Skwentna Checkpoint. …