Category Archives: Off-Season News

Lead Dog in Lead Role

WANTED: Wolf for lead role in screenplay. Wolf must be handsome, arrogant, follow commands, have patience and be able to work with humans. Screenplay is Jack London’s The Love of Life written by Robert Gregg of Michigan. Filming set for October of 2011 in Alaska’s desolate bush country. Also need [...]

A Story of Iditarod History and Tribute to Paul Johnson

Shortly after midnight on March 14th during Iditarod XXXIX, Inupiaq Eskimo, John Baker, left White Mountain on his way to victory in Nome. Around the same time, another Inupiaq Eskimo musher and long time resident of the area, Paul Johnson, checked into Unalakleet. A large crowd of family, friends and volunteers greeted him. [...]

Bailey Entertains and Informs at Midwest Symposium

Chatanika, Alaska musher, Jodi Bailey, delighted teachers, mushers and sled dog enthusiast at the Midwest Sled Dog Symposium held in Curtis, Michigan with her keynote speech. Jodi stands alone in the mushing record books. In 2011, she became the first rookie musher to finish both long-distance sled dog races in the same year. [...]

Midwest Symposium – a Peak Experience

Over the first weekend of October, mushers, educators and race enthusiasts gathered in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan at a symposium organized by Ed and Tasha Stielstra of Nature’s Kennel. In more ways than one, the event was a peak experience. Visually, the fall colors were at their peak. The maple, birch, poplar [...]

Lance Mackey Joins North Carolina Cancer Survivors

By Martha Dobson, Target® Iditarod 2011 Teacher on the Trail™
Celebrating cancer survivors, High Point Regional Health System Hayworth Cancer Center sponsored a Cancer Survivor Celebration day September 24 with the Pink Heals Tour and keynote speaker, Lance Mackey.
Event organizers heard about Lance, 4 in a row Iditarod winner, on National Public Radio [...]

Update: Melanie Gould Has Been Found

* Update: Melanie was found on June 11, alive and safe.
Iditarod Musher and our friend, Melanie Gould, was last seen on May 31st.
The “Have you seen Melanie Gould?” Facebook page has been created to assist in the search for Melanie.
If you have information about Melanie, please call the Alaska State Trooper Dispatch for [...]

A Very Special Message From a 2008 Iditarod Rookie

On March 1st 2008, Tennessee National Guardsman Rodney D. Whaley began his dream to run the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. Whaley made it to Cripple Checkpoint before finally having to scratch.Today, Rodney is busy serving his state and his country with fellow guardsman in the Middle East. He wrote this letter about [...]

2007 summer raffle winners

The 2007 Iditarod Trail Committee Summer Raffle winners were drawn at the Alaska State Fair in Palmer, AK on September 3, 2007. Congratulations to Chris Schlichten of Anchorage and Timothy Shorts of Dutch Harbor, who each won a 2007 Dodge Ram pickup. The vehicles were donated by Anchorage Chrysler Dodge.
See the full list of winners, [...]

Seppala Heritage Grant recipient

Wasilla Alaska, THE IDITAROD TRAIL COMMITTEE is proud to announce that the 2008 Seppala Heritage Grant recipient is Melissa Owens from Nome Alaska. The 17 year old Alaskan musher has been a part of mushing since she was a young child, and has been a part of the Jr Iditarod since she was old enough [...]

2007 volunteer picnic update

The 2007 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race Volunteer Picnic is scheduled for Saturday, June 30th, 2007 at the campus of the Iditarod Trail Committee Headquarters (Mile 2.2 Knik Road, Wasilla). Activities of interest are as follows;

The General membership meeting will be conducted at 10 am at Race Headquarters.
The 2008 Board of Directors will be announced [...]