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Eye on the Trail: Jr. Iditarod Honors Stan and Sally Smith

  The Jr. Iditarod salutes Stan as Sally Smith as the honorary mushers for the 2017 race. The Smiths will be wearing bib #1 for the start of the 40th Jr. Iditarod. The race will begin on Saturday Feb 25th at 10:00 am within shouting distance of Joe and Vi Redington’s former home place on Knik …

Eye on the Trail: Rookie Review – Dr. Joe Carson

Dr. Joe Carson is a 4th generation Alaskan.  Given his long term familial ties to the Last Frontier, it just seems right that Joe should be standing on the runners of a dog sled and running a team of Alaskan Huskies in the Last Great Race™.  He says, “There is nothing like being on the …

Eye on the Trail: Rookie Review – Otto Balogh

For the first time ever, the Hungarian flag will be displayed at the Iditarod start and finish to welcome Otto Balogh of Budapest, Hungry to Iditarod. Balogh is one of many who have found their way to mushing and the Iditarod through reading Jack London. Traveling has been as much of a childhood dream for …

Eye on the Trail: Teacher on THE Trail

Annie Kelley, the 2017 Iditarod Teacher on the Trail stood on the runners of a dog sled today and took a team of seven dogs down the trail. Not just any trail, Kelley ran on a short segment of the National Iditarod Historic Trail in Knik, Alaska and she has a certificate signed by Iditarod …

Eye on the Trail: Rookie Review – Michael Baker

Twenty-nine year old Michael Baker was born in Denver, Colorado and about the time he turned twenty, he relocated to Boise, Idaho. His first experience with sled dogs came during the summer of 2009 when he worked on the Mendenhall Glacier as a dog handler for Gold Rush Dog Tours/Alaska Icefield Expeditions. Michael told the …

Eye on the Trail: Rookie Review – Ryan Anderson

Ryan Anderson – At the age of 35, Ryan Anderson is living his childhood dream – Running Iditarod. He’s new to the Last Great Race™, but certainly not new to mushing. When Ryan set his sights on running dogs, the family acquired ten Alaskan Huskies and the rest is history. He’s been around the sport …

Eye on the Trail: On the Ground in Anchorage

Good Morning Iditarod Family, Friends and Fans! Nice to be in Anchorage where there is really winter. I left Wisconsin, where there should be winter, in pouring rain after days of temperatures in the mid to upper 50’s. Grass is visible everywhere, ski trails have turned to treacherous icy slush, skating rinks have melted and …

Meet the 2017 IditaRiders!

Our 2017 IditaRiders are ready to launch their ride of a lifetime as they take off down Fourth Avenue for the Ceremonial Start on March 4th. You can learn all about them here as you prepare to cheer them on as they hop into the sled behind a team of charging huskies! Keep checking back …

Restart moved to Fairbanks on March 6th

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Feb. 10, 2017 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race restart to move to Fairbanks Anchorage, Alaska – Today, the Board of Directors of the Iditarod Trail Committee voted unanimously to move the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race restart location from Willow to Fairbanks due to the poor conditions of critical trail areas in …

Eye on the Trail: Distance Double

What does the first weekend in February have in common with the first weekend in March? Fans of long distance mushing don’t have to think twice to answer. It’s the start of the longest sled dog races on the North American Continent, the Yukon Quest and the Iditarod. On February 4th, twenty-eight days prior to …