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2016 Iditarod - March 15th

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Dallas Seavey is once again the Iditarod Champion. For his 4th win, Dallas completed the 1000 mile race in just 8 days 11 hours and 20 minutes, crossing the finish line in Nome at 2:20am. Dallas' time was a new record, besting the previous record held by his father Mitch Seavey by roughly 2 hours. Dallas seems unstoppable, having been in the top 10 every year since 2009, including 3 wins in the past 3 Iditarods, and another time in 2012.



Dallas Seavey,
Iditarod Champion

Mitch Seavy finished in 2nd place, a mere 45 minutes behind Dallas Seavey.

Aliy Zirkle was in 3rd place - a great finish in spite of her ordeal with the snowmachiner on Saturday.

Mitch Seavey, 2nd Place


Aliy Zirkle





2016 Iditarod - March 12th

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Day 7 of the race: It was reported that a snowmachiner intentionally hit Aliy Zirkle and Jeff King's team in 2 serious and separate incidents which occurred early in the morning on the Yukon River, before the Nulato Checkpoint. Aliy Zirkle was in second place when her encounter with the perpetrator took place. Jeff King's team was the most affected as Nash, one of his dogs has died as a result of the attack, while 2 others were injured. The suspect, who has admitted he was drunk, was taken into custody and has denied the allegations that he intentionally hit the teams.



Iditarod Dogs on the Trail

Brent Sass remains in the lead, roughly 2 third of the way to the finish line in Nome. Dallas Seavy and Mitch Seavey are in 3rd and 4th place.

Iditarod Dogs in Action


Dallas Seavy



Karin Hendrickson


Jim Lanier

Rookie Musher Mary Helwig (bib #49) of Willow, Alaska, is currently in 77th place, and left the Ophir checkpoint in early afternoon with 14 dogs in her team. Her next stop will be 73 miles away at Cripple.


Mary Helwig





2016 Iditarod - March 10th

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Day 5 of the race: Veteran Musher Jeff King (bib #61) took the lead today, and arrived first at the Ruby checkpoint, which is roughly at the halfway of the race. At this time, unlike several mushers, Jeff King has not yet completed his mandatory 24hr layover, therefore his lead may only be temporary.

Brent Sass (bib #32), on the other hand, has already completed his 24hr layover and although he is technically in second place, might actually be the real leader at this time.

Aliy Zirkle remains in the top three. Both Brent and Aliy left the Cripple checkpoint in the afternoon.



Linwood Fiedler


Lars Monsen
Brent Sass


Anna Berrington






Elliot Anderson

Linwood Fiedler (bib #41), a resident of Willow, Alaska, is currently in 32nd place after leaving Ophir.Linwood is roughly 100 miles behind Jeff King.

Rookie Musher Sarah Stokey of Seward, Alaska, manages a respectable 47th place at the end of the 5th day. .


Sarah Stokey




2016 Iditarod - March 8th

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Day 3 of the race: Mitch Seavey, Peter Kaiser and Aliy Zirkle are in the top 3, ending the day at the Takotna Checkpoint which is about a third of the way to the finish line.
A large number of rookie Mushers participate in this year's Iditarod. Among rookies, Kristin Knight Pace (bib #47), from Healy, Alaska, is in 72nd position and left the Rohn checkpoint on day 3 of the race. Kristin is roughly 130 miles behind the leader.


Kristin Knight Pace

Kristin Bacon


Meanwhile, another rookie Kristin Bacon (bib #42) from Big Lake, Alaska, is not far behind in 76th place. With her big smile, Kristin is obviously enjoying the adventure!




Tim Pappas
Aliy Zirkle, 3rd place on day 3

Larry Daugherty


Rookie Larry Daugherty (bib #43) is a resident of Eagle River, Alaska. Larry left the Rainy Pass in late evening and is on his way to Rohn, currently standing in 82nd position.



James Volek


Veteran Musher James Volek from Big Lake ends the day in 58th position, and is on his way to the Nikolai checkpoint.






2016 Iditarod - March 7th

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Day 2 of the race: Lance Mackey (bib #72) is currently leading the pack. Lance left the Rohn checkpoint roughly 1 hour ahead of Dallas Seavey (bib #16).



Lance Mackey

At the last update of the day, Aliy Zirkle is in 3rd place. Mitch Seavy and Paul Gebhardt round out the top five.

Dallas Seavey Painting


Aliy Zirkle



Paul Gebhardt


Rick Casillo

Musher Jan Steves (bib #25) was forced to leave the race earlier in the day at the Skwetna checkpoint, after sustaining a broken rib. Also scratching is Martin Koenig (bib #86) due to illness.


Jan Steves





2016 Iditarod - March 6th

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Scott Janssen

Day 1 of the race: 85 teams started the 1,000 mile race from Willow to Nome on March 6th. Musher Scott Janssen wearing bib #2, opened the trail.

Trail conditions: It was a sunny and beautiful day, with Denali making an appearance. The temperature was in the high 30F, and there was very little snow in Willow as well as on the trail to the Yentna Station.

Deedee Jonrowe




Deedee's Dogs

Deedee Jonrowe with Denali

Deedee Jonrowe










2014 Iditarod - March 11th

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Day 11 of the race: In an incredible twist of fate, Dallas Seavey reached the finish line in first place, becoming the Iditarod 42 Champion. Not realizing that he had passed both Jeff King and Aliy Zirkle during the final leg of the race, Dallas thought until the last moment that he was in third position.



Dallas Seavey Iditarod Champion

Aliy Zirkle, for the third time in a row, finished in second place, roughly 2 minutes behind Dallas. Mitch Seavey arrived in Nome in third place.

Aliy Zirkle


Mitch Seavey




2014 Iditarod - March 8th

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Day 8: Aliy Zirkle reclaimed the lead and left Kaltag for Unalakleet. Martin Buser is a close second, roughly 2 hours behind. Nicolas Petit, Sonny Lindner and Jeff King round out the top five.
Dallas Seavey is in the top 10, while John Baker is in Nulato, in 19th position. Kristy Berington left Ruby early in the morning, in 40th position.

John Baker


Sonny Lindner
Dallas Seavey


Kristy Berington






Jessie Royer

Jessie Royer checked out of Nulato in late morning with 15 dogs on her team, and heading to Kaltag.


Jeff King


Robert Sorlie of Norway is in 11th position, right behind Dallas Seavey. Wade Marrs is in 15th position. Karin Hendrickson checked into Galena, in 37th position.

Robert Sorlie, NORWAY

Wade Marrs
Karin Hendrickson






2014 Iditarod - March 7th

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Day 7 of the race: Aliy Zirkle is currently in first place, leaving the checkpoint of Galena in the morning. Martin Buser is a close second, however, he has already completed both his mandatory 8 hour and 24 hour layovers, while Aliy has yet to take her 8 hour layover.



Aliy Zirkle

Twin sisters Anna and Kristy Berington are in 44th and 42nd place respectively. They are almost half way through the race, on their way to the Ruby checkpoint

Anna Berington


Kristy Berington

Martin Buser



Mike Ellis



Mike Ellis is currently in 38th place.




2014 Iditarod - March 6th

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Day 6 of the race: New Zealand Musher Curt Perano checked into Cripple late in the night and continued on to Ruby after a short stop. He has 14 dogs on his team.



Curt Perano

Rookie Musher Nathan Schroeder (bib #25) has managed a respectable 22nd position. Danny Seavy left Ophir just before midnight.

Nathan Schroeder


Danny Seavey



Lisbet Norris
Justin Savidis

Justin Savidis and Rookie Musher Lisbet Norris are on their way to Ophir, while Paul Gebhardt checked into Cripple.


Paul Gebhardt



2014 Iditarod - March 4th

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Day 4 of the race: A rough day for even the most experienced Mushers. Several teams had to scratch and end their dream to reach Nome in this year's Iditarod. Among them, Deedee Jonrowe, Jake Berkowitz, Linwood Fiedler, Jim Lanier. On the bright side, Nicolas Petit left the checkpoint of Takotna in first place.


Tommy Jordbrudal

Matt Failor


Rookie Tommy Jordbrudal was able to navigate the treacherous trails through Rohn. Matt Failor, in 33rd place, checked into Nikolai in late evening.




Cindy Abbott
Linwood Fiedler

Karen Ramstead


Karen Ramstead just pulled out of the race after the Rohn checkpoint.



Deedee Jonrowe




2014 Iditarod - March 4th

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Day 4 of the race: Musher Scott Janssen was forced to scratch due to an injury. Scott broke his leg between Rohn and Nikolai while trying to retrieve a loose dog.


Scott Janssen


Karen Ramstead Dog Team


3 Iditarod Teams

Multiple mushing teams run head to head on the Iditarod trail. Karen Ramstead, Ray Redington Jr.


Ray Redington Jr.




2014 Iditarod - March 2nd

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Day 2 of the race: the official race restart took place in Willow in spite of concerns that there would not be enough snow on the trails. Rookie Musher Lev Shvarts leaves Willow and heads to the Yentna Station.



Lev Shvarts

Iditarod 42 welcomes several teams from Norway and one representative of Sweden. Norwegian Musher Yvonne Dabakk on the first leg of the endurance race, as she passes by Gus Guenther.

Yvonne Dabakk, Norway


Mats Pettersson, Sweden



Katherine Keith

Two more rookie Mushers, Katherine Keith (bib #63), and Abbie West (bib #69), lead their dog teams out of Willow.


Abbie West



2014 Iditarod - March 1st

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Day 1: A sunny day for the Ceremonial race start of the Iditarod 42, downtown Anchorage. This year, a total of 69 mushers were cheered by thousands of fans and enthusiasts, as the teams paraded down the 4th Avenue. The roster includes 53 veteran mushers and 16 rookies.

Monica Zappa, Iditarod Rookie


Lisbet Norris, Iditarod Rookie
Karen Ramstead


Peter Kaiser Dog Team






Kristy Berington

The twin sisters, Anna Berington (bib #52) and Kristy Berington (bib #56) are riding the Iditarod trail together.


Anna Berington


Rookie Musher Yvonne Dabakk from Oslo, Norway, seen waving her national flag, is thrilled to participate in the legendary race to Nome.

Yvonne Dabakk, Norway

Mitch Seavey


Sonny Lindner













2013 Iditarod - March 12th

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Finish Line in Nome: After a 1000 mile trek from Willow, Mitch Seavey crosses the finish line at 22:39 pm, becoming the 2013 Iditarod Champion. Tonight, Mitch Seavey celebrates his second Iditarod victory among a crowd of cheering fans. He continues to demonstrate sustained performance, finishing in the top 10 for 11 races out of the 20 Iditarods he has participated in since 1982.



Iditarod Champion Mitch Seavey

Aliy Zirkle finished in 2nd place once again, a repeat of last year's race. Zirkle lost to Seavey by only 23 minutes, crossing the finish line with 10 dogs on her team.

Aliy Zirkle


Jeff King

Dallas Seavey



Ray Redington Jr.



Jeff King, Dallas Seavey, and Ray Redington Jr.




2013 Iditarod - March 10th

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Day 8 of the race: With the finish line only a few days away, Iditarod 41 is heating up. By the end of the day, Mitch Seavey, the race leader, is now in Shaktoolik, with Aaron Burmeister only an hour behind, in second place. Nome is roughly 200 miles away. Jeff King and Aliy Zirkle are 3rd and 4th, and they both left Unalakleet in late evening.


Mitch Seavey

Aaron Burmeister Dogs


Musher Joar Leifseth Ulsom is in 5th position, an outstanding performance so far for the first time Iditarod rookie Musher.


Kristy Berington
Cindy Abbott

Joar Leifseth Ulsom


Kristy Berington is in 45th place, leaving the Eagle Island checkpoint. Anna and Kristy are still riding the Iditarod trail together. Rookie Musher Cindy Abbott has reached Shageluk, in 60th position. She is approximately 300 miles behind the race leader.

Gerald Sousa




2013 Iditarod - March 9th

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Day 7 of the race: Martin Buser was first to reach the Kaltag checkpoint early afternoon, but decided to take a 6 hour stop over. Meanwhile, musher Aliy Zirkle only made a short rest and was first to leave Kaltag, taking the lead from Martin Buser. Aaron Burmeister is in second place, closely followed by Martin Buser, Mitch Seavy and Jake Berkowitz, only a few minutes apart.

Jake Berkowitz


Jeff King
Aaron Burmeister


Dallas Seavey Dog Team






Lance Mackey

Lance Mackey is in 11th position in Kaltag, while Ray Redington Jr. is in 10th place. Jeff King is in 12th place.


Ray Redington Jr.



2013 Iditarod - March 8th

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Day 6 of the race: Martin Buser still in first place, has left the Grayling checkpoint and on his way to Eagle Island, a 62 mile leg. Buser passed Aliy Zirkle as she takes her 8 hour mandatory layover.



Aliy Zirkle

Jessie Royer (bib #30) has also checked into Grayling and is in 6th place.
Paul Gebhardt (bib #11) joined Royer at the checkpoint roughly 1 hour later, in 9th position.

Paul Gebhardt


Robert Bundtzen

Jessie Royer



Karin Hendrickson



Robert Bundtzen is currently in Shageluk in 24th position, with 15 dogs on his team.



Gerry Willomitzer

Gerry Willomitzer and Mike Williams Sr. are in the middle of the pack, in 30th and 31st position respectively. They both left the Iditarod checkpoint early in the morning.


Mike Williams Sr.



2013 Iditarod - March 7th

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Day 5 of the race: Roughly 500 miles to the finish line, Martin Buser is in the lead, followed by Aliy Zirkle. Ken Anderson is in 23rd position as he pulls into the Iditarod checkpoint.


Ken Anderson

Mitch Seavey


Ramey Smyth, bib #38, leaves Ophir in the morning and continues on to Iditarod, an 80 mile stretch. Ramey is currently in 29th place.


Mike Suprenant
Joar Leifseth Ulsom

Ramey Smyth

Rookie Musher Joar Leifseth Ulsom from Norway has managed a respectable 10th position, trailing Ray Redington Jr.

Louie Ambrose




2013 Iditarod - March 6th

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Day 4: The leader is now over 400 miles from the race start. Lance Mackey reached the Iditarod checkpoint in late evening, with 13 dogs on his team. Sonny Lindner and Jeff King round up the top 3. At this time, not all Mushers have taken their mandatory 24 hour layover, so it is difficult to really determine the actual leader.

Bob Chlupach


Jason Mackey
Peter Kaiser


Louie Ambrose Dog Team






Anna Berington

The twin sisters, Anna Berington (bib #31) and Kristy Berington (bib #20) are riding the Iditarod trail together. They are in 36th and 35th place respectively, and both with 14 dogs on their team as they check into Takotna.


Kristy Berington


Rookie Musher Mike Ellis with his team of Husky dogs (below) are in 48th place. First time Iditarod participant Christine Roalofs is in 60th place as she reaches the checkpoint of Nikolai. Kelley Griffin reached Takotna in 27th position.

Mike Ellis

Roalofs Christine


Kelley Griffin






2013 Iditarod - March 5th

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On day 3 of the race, Aaron Burmeister is first to McGrath in late evening, receiving the Penair Spirit of Alaska Award. McGrath is 300 miles from Willow. At this time, Aaron has not yet taken his mandatory 24 hour layover. Rookie Musher Josh Cadzow reached the Nikolai checkpoint with 15 dogs on his team. Josh is in 27th position as of March 5th.


Deedee Jonrowe checked into McGrath in 7th place with 16 dogs on her team, behind Paul Gebhardt, while Jodi Bailey (below) is in 37th position.

Josh Cadzow


John Baker
Jodi Bailey

Deedee Jonrowe




Michelle Phillips
Linwood Fiedler



Linwood Fiedler (left) checked into Nikolai in 40th place behind Wade Marrs.




2013 Iditarod - March 4th

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Day 2 of the race: While Martin Buser is taking his mandatory 24 hour layover at the Rohn checkpoint, Aaron Burmeister temporarily takes the lead.
Veteran Musher Aliy Zirkle, from Two-Rivers, tries her 13th Iditarod. She has participated every year since 2001.



Aliy Zirkle

Jamaican Musher Newton Marshall (right) makes a come back in the Iditarod after skipping the 2012 race. 2013 is Newton's 3rd participation in the Iditarod.

Newton Marshall


Sonny Lindner

Jeff King



Jim Lanier



Other veteran Mushers, such as Jeff King, Jim Lanier (left) and Sonny Lindner (above) have also joined Iditarod 41.



Aaron Peck

After his last run in 2005, we are glad to see that Canadian Musher Aaron Peck is back on the Iditarod trail this year.


Anna Berington



2013 Iditarod - March 3rd

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Martin Buser kicked off Iditarod 41 as he was the first out of the gate in Willow, wearing bib #2. Martin reached Rohn in less than 24 hours, the fastest time on record.


Martin Buser

Kristy Berington


Rookie Musher Travis Beals of Seward, bib #22, mushes his way to the first check point at Yentna station (below).


Scott Janssen
Dallas Seavey

Travis Beals

At the end of day one, Musher Scott Janssen made the decision to abandon the race at Rainy Pass, due to concerns for his dog team.

Aaron Burmeister (left) outside of Willow.

Aaron Burmeister




2013 Iditarod - March 2nd

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A foggy day at the Ceremonial Start of the 2013 Iditarod. A total of 67 teams, including the Honorary Musher, paraded down 4th Avenue. This year, 13 rookies joined the race. Among them, Mikhail Telpin from Yanrakkynot, Russia, is thrilled to participate in the 1049 mile endurance race to Nome.

Mikhail Telpin


Cim Smyth
Matt Failor


Deedee Jonrowe






Jim Lanier

Martin Buser and Jim Lanier emerge from the thick fog. Visibility was fairly limited.


Martin Buser


The Iditarod always draws large crowds. Jake Berkowitz is greeted by cheering fans as he mushes down 4th Avenue at the Ceremonial Race Start on Saturday.

Jake Berkowitz

Mike Ellis Dog Team


Brent Sass Dog Team









Iditarod History


The Mushers of the Iditarod race over 1000 miles from Anchorage to Nome, Alaska.
The sled dog race commemorates an historic event of 1925, when 20 dog teams rescued the town of Nome stricken by a diphtheria epidemic, by relaying precious serum 674 miles in just 27 hours (see map). Due to severe winter conditions, the serum could not be flown by airplane.

Today, the race lasts approximately 9 to 12 days. As of 2011, John Baker holds the title for the fastest Iditarod Winner by finishing the race in 8 Days 18 Hours 46 Minutes.





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