ITC announces 4 new board members

ITC announces 4 new board members

The Iditarod Trail Committee Monday announced four new members elected to their board of directors. 

Liz Thomas
'My dogs were the true heroes.' Janssen honored for Iditarod selflessness

'My dogs were the true heroes.' Janssen honored for Iditarod selflessness

"I didn't even think about finishing the race." Scott Janssen chose friendship over finishing during this year's Iditarod and is awarded a legislative citation for his selflessness.

Scott Gross
Iditarod drug test creator says his departure is bittersweet, holds no grudge

Iditarod drug test creator says his departure is bittersweet, holds no grudge

Dr. Morrie Craig's last year has been marked with controversy.

Dave Goldman
Iditarod brass meet amid busy summer

Iditarod brass meet amid busy summer

Iditarod officials reviewed five nominees for director positions Thursday.

Dave Goldman
Jack Daniel's cuts ties with Iditarod

Jack Daniel's cuts ties with Iditarod

The maker of Jack Daniel's whiskey says it's dropping its long-running sponsorship of Alaska's 1,000-mile (1,610 kilometer) race.

Associated Press
Iditarod makes changes to current rules in advance of next year's race

Iditarod makes changes to current rules in advance of next year's race

The Last Great Race met in a daylong session.

Dave Goldman
ITC discusses changes to board

ITC discusses changes to board

KTVA's Dave Goldman and John Thompson sit down to discuss developments from the Iditarod Trail Committee's first meeting since the Last Great Race wrapped up last month.

Liz Thomas
Norwegian Joar Leifseth Ulsom wins 2018 Iditarod

Norwegian Joar Leifseth Ulsom wins 2018 Iditarod

Norwegian musher Joar Leifseth Ulsom has won his first Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.

Answering the call: Owens saves 24 dogs from brutal storm on the trail

Answering the call: Owens saves 24 dogs from brutal storm on the trail

The ITC board member and his group ensured the safety of two dog teams.

Dave Goldman & John Thompson
'I'm not going to make it:' Janssen describes Iditarod rescue

'I'm not going to make it:' Janssen describes Iditarod rescue

Musher Scott Janssen's shining Iditarod moment came on the final stretch of his Last Great Race this year.

John Thompson
Mushers honored at Iditarod awards banquet

Mushers honored at Iditarod awards banquet

The 1000-mile trek to the Burled Arch has officially ended. Sunday night, mushers gathered in Nome for the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race awards banquet. 

KTVA Web Staff
Buser not bitter over middling Iditarod finish

Buser not bitter over middling Iditarod finish

Iditarod legend Martin Buser has finished the 2018 race in 28th place. It was an outcome the four-time champion was disappointed with, but like many mushers in this year's race, he was happy to cross the finish line.

John Thompson
Iditarod 46 blog: Iditarod unveils 2018 purse spread

Iditarod 46 blog: Iditarod unveils 2018 purse spread

Follow the latest updates on the 2018 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.

KTVA Web Staff
Necropsy completed on dead Iditarod dog

Necropsy completed on dead Iditarod dog

The first dog to die during the 2018 Iditarod had the same underlying cause of death as one during this year's Yukon Quest, officials with The Last Great Race announced Saturday.

KTVA Web Staff
Bearss Blog: Ghosts of Koyuk are no friend to Kat Keith

Bearss Blog: Ghosts of Koyuk are no friend to Kat Keith

Salty tears will surely stipple the trail from Koyuk to Nome.

Bryan Bearss
Watkins, Cicatello withdrawn from 2018 Iditarod

Watkins, Cicatello withdrawn from 2018 Iditarod

One rookie and one veteran have been withdrawn from the Last Great Race due to competitiveness.

Liz Thomas
Surprise! King finds happiness in the middle of the pack

Surprise! King finds happiness in the middle of the pack

Twenty-fourth. At one time, it wouldn't have sounded good to Jeff King. But now it's a happy place.

John Thompson & Dave Goldman
Konno finds a paradise in Nome

Konno finds a paradise in Nome

The 55-year-old native of Japan moved to Alaska in 1999, learning how to sprint race from Joee Redington, Jr.

Dave Goldman
Anna Berington finishes with happy, healthy team

Anna Berington finishes with happy, healthy team

Healthy, happy dogs and improvement on a forty-first placing last year, Berington missed her nine-day goal by just over 12 hours.

John Thompson
Musher aims to save a piece of Iditarod history

Musher aims to save a piece of Iditarod history

Today, there are very few remnants in Nome of the 1925 serum run that inspired the Iditarod race. 

Liz Raines
Bearss Blog: The 2018 Iditarod won't be over when the fat lady sings

Bearss Blog: The 2018 Iditarod won't be over when the fat lady sings

Once the flame of the Widow's Lamp has been extinguished, it’s not going to be long before a fire in the belly of many mushers is lit.

Bryan Bearss
Despite scratch, DeeDee left a mark on the Iditarod trail

Despite scratch, DeeDee left a mark on the Iditarod trail

DeeDee Jonrowe may have scratched from the Iditarod, but she was still on the race route.

Liz Raines
Photos: Nome sweet Nome

Photos: Nome sweet Nome

These pictures are just some of the moments KTVA's trail team captured at the end of the Iditarod Trail.

KTVA Web Staff
DeeDee Jonrowe honored in Unalakleet

DeeDee Jonrowe honored in Unalakleet

DeeDee Jonrowe is surrounded by fans and fellow mushers in Unalakleet as the community celebrates her decades-long racing career.

Liz Raines
Bearss Blog: There's no place like Nome

Bearss Blog: There's no place like Nome

Before I ever raced the Iditarod, I took in the sights as a dog handler, wandering up and down Front Street while waiting and watching teams cross under the fabled Burled Arch.

Bryan Bearss
Bearss Blog: Iditarod is so much more than 1000 miles

Bearss Blog: Iditarod is so much more than 1000 miles

ditarod is more than standing on runners, more than putting booties and a harness on a dog, more than surviving at 50 below, more than 1000 miles.

Bryan Bearss
Bearss Blog: No guarantees on Iditarod Trail

Bearss Blog: No guarantees on Iditarod Trail

Nothing is guaranteed on the Iditarod Trail, as we’ve seen thus far. Patience plays as great a part in the final standings as speed, endurance and talent.

Bryan Bearss
Photos: Scenes from the Shaktoolik checkpoint

Photos: Scenes from the Shaktoolik checkpoint

Its location along the Bering Sea coast means mushers often face strong winds and blowing snow.

Jason Sear
How to watch the finish of Iditarod 46 live

How to watch the finish of Iditarod 46 live

Join us live in Nome for the finish of Iditarod 46!

KTVA Web Staff
Photos: From Unalakleet checkpoint

Photos: From Unalakleet checkpoint

Unalakleet marks Mile 737 of the Last Great Race. KTVA's trail team captured these photos from the checkpoint. 

KTVA Web Staff
Bearss Blog: Joar takes control of the Last Great Race

Bearss Blog: Joar takes control of the Last Great Race

Like a white flag waving in the coastal winds, Nic Petit pulled into the Elim checkpoint decked out head to toe in his snow-white wind suit 47 minutes behind Joar Leifseth Ulsom.

Bryan Bearss
Mother Nature jumps into Iditarod storyline

Mother Nature jumps into Iditarod storyline

A handful of developments have unfolded on the trail, turning the Iditarod upside down.

KTVA Web Staff
Iditarod race sparks dog mushing memories for Shaktoolik elder

Iditarod race sparks dog mushing memories for Shaktoolik elder

The Iditarod is more than a race, it’s a tribute to Alaska history. For one checkpoint in particular on the trail, the annual event brings back memories for elders. 

Liz Raines
Bearss Blog: The danger of leading a race

Bearss Blog: The danger of leading a race

The danger of leading a race is setting the trail and making sure it is the right trail. Nic Petit has allowed his team to excel during this year’s race with their speed and stamina.

Bryan Bearss
ITC 'reprimands' Dr. Craig for comments to Marrs

ITC 'reprimands' Dr. Craig for comments to Marrs

The Iditarod Trail Committee says they've determined the conversation that Dr. Morrie Craig had with musher Wade Marrs moments before the start of Iditarod XLVI was a breach of protocol and has decided to reprimand the doctor. 

Liz Thomas
Bearss Blog: Race predictions based on strategies

Bearss Blog: Race predictions based on strategies

Strategies are now being revealed and the coast is where we will see this race determined.

Bryan Bearss
Bearss Blog: The evolution of the Iditarod

Bearss Blog: The evolution of the Iditarod

A look back on the evolution of the Last Great Race.

Bryan Bearss
Young mushers: meet Iditarod's next generation

Young mushers: meet Iditarod's next generation

Meeting the next generation of Iditarod mushers.

Liz Raines
Bearss Blog: Iditarod strategy pays off for Nitro Nic

Bearss Blog: Iditarod strategy pays off for Nitro Nic

Unless someone can find a way to out strategize Nic Petit, this race will be his.

Bryan Bearss
Mushing dentist brushes his way to Nome

Mushing dentist brushes his way to Nome

Out here, it may not be an apple a day but brushing still goes a long way.

Dave Goldman
Bearss Blog: No musher has ever died on the Iditarod trail

Bearss Blog: No musher has ever died on the Iditarod trail

As a matter of fact, I have never heard of a musher dying during any dogsled race.

Bryan Bearss
Despite repeated injuries, Iditarod veteran Jim Lanier keeps motoring

Despite repeated injuries, Iditarod veteran Jim Lanier keeps motoring

As we watch leaders race to the Burled Arch, the KTVA Trail Team met up with one of the veterans of the 2018 field.

Dave Goldman
Iditarod: It's all about the dogs

Iditarod: It's all about the dogs

Mushers? What mushers? This race is all about the dogs.

Jason Sear
Groceries on the Iditarod trail is a more than 2000-mile journey

Groceries on the Iditarod trail is a more than 2000-mile journey

Much of the food that supporters and volunteers eat out on the Iditarod trail comes from out of state.

Liz Raines
Bearss Blog: The solitude of the trail

Bearss Blog: The solitude of the trail

Bryan Bearss trained Iditarod race teams full time from 2003 to 2009 and raced the Iditarod in 2006 and 2015. He is currently an elementary school teacher and marathon canoe racer.

Opinions expressed are those of the author and not of KTVA 11 News.

Bryan Bearss
Volunteer vets keep Iditarod 2018 on its paws

Volunteer vets keep Iditarod 2018 on its paws

This year's Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race wouldn’t be run without thousands of volunteers along its nearly 1,000-mile length. 

Liz Raines
Anvik welcomes Iditarod mushers for first time in five years

Anvik welcomes Iditarod mushers for first time in five years

Mushers are reaching the point in the 2018 Iditarod race where they’re now passing through towns that haven’t been on the route the last several years.

Liz Raines
As Petit naps, Seavey and Ulsom pass through Anvik

As Petit naps, Seavey and Ulsom pass through Anvik

Before many in the community were awake, Girdwood musher Nicolas Petit pulled into Anvik at 5:21 a.m. with a team of 14 dogs.

Jason Sear
Bearss Blog: Checkpoint accomodations

Bearss Blog: Checkpoint accomodations

Ever wonder what it's like to eat, sleep and use the bathroom at a remote checkpoint along the Iditarod trail?

Bryan Bearss
Rookies aim down the middle to get to Nome

Rookies aim down the middle to get to Nome

There is one common bond among all three mushers and the 15 total out on the trail: they’re all still in the race.

Dave Goldman
Weather prevents food drop at Eagle Island Iditarod checkpoint

Weather prevents food drop at Eagle Island Iditarod checkpoint

The weather, which had not played a huge factor in the race up to this point, has found its way into the storyline.

Dave Goldman
Women mushers to girls: 'You can be anything you want to be'

Women mushers to girls: 'You can be anything you want to be'

Out of the 67 mushers that started the race this year, 15 of them are women.

Liz Raines
Stomach bug delays dog team in Takotna

Stomach bug delays dog team in Takotna

It happens to humans when they’re traveling-- the occasional upset stomach. Now, it’s happening to some of the dogs on the Iditarod trail.  

Liz Raines
Iditarod musher scares off bison along trail with ax

Iditarod musher scares off bison along trail with ax

Whitehorse musher, 63-year-old Marcelle Fressineau, used an ax to scare off two bison on the Iditarod trail.

Jason Sear
Bearss Blog: TBT - Cracking open the stat books

Bearss Blog: TBT - Cracking open the stat books

The last time mushers traveled the southern route, the race was won by Mitch Seavey in 2013. Will he repeat that feat and re-up his title as the oldest person to win the Iditarod?

Bryan Bearss
Veteran musher Charley Bejna is having a day

Veteran musher Charley Bejna is having a day

Every Iditarod race is different. Charley Benja is a veteran musher, so he's well aware of this. 

Dave Goldman
Bearss Blog: When is a mandatory 24-hour rest really a 24-hour rest?

Bearss Blog: When is a mandatory 24-hour rest really a 24-hour rest?

This year only, Hugh Neff will be required to take just a 24-hour rest. All of the other mushers will be forced to stay longer at their mandatory 24 rest.

Bryan Bearss
Seavey strategy: Carrying his dogs

Seavey strategy: Carrying his dogs

There may be a one-way route to Nome but there are a number of ways to get there. 

Dave Goldman
Musk ox named after Iditarod checkpoints

Musk ox named after Iditarod checkpoints

The Palmer Musk Ox Farm is having a little Iditarod fun this week. Staff are introducing you to animals named after checkpoints in the last great race.

Heather Hintze
A new sight at this year's Iditarod: Security cameras

A new sight at this year's Iditarod: Security cameras

There’s a new addition to this year's Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race: security cameras.

Dave Goldman
Takotna offers Iditarod racers Norwegian welcome

Takotna offers Iditarod racers Norwegian welcome

Norway is clearly the crowd favorite in Takotna, where a banner overhead reads "Go Norway."

Liz Raines
Bearss Blog: Who’s in first, What’s in second and I Don’t Know’s in third

Bearss Blog: Who’s in first, What’s in second and I Don’t Know’s in third

The GPS trackers tell one story of who is leading; the race standings tell a different story, and mathematicians/race strategist will tell a third story. So, who's actually leading?

Bryan Bearss
Photos: Takotna checkpoint hospitality

Photos: Takotna checkpoint hospitality

Welcome to Takotna! This Iditarod checkpoint is 329 miles into the 1000-mile race to Nome. 

KTVA Web Staff
Unredacted toxicology results obtained in Iditarod doping scandal

Unredacted toxicology results obtained in Iditarod doping scandal

Hours after learning of allegations the Iditarod's top doctor intimidated one of the race's star mushers, KTVA Sports obtained unredacted toxicology results related to the 2017 doping scandal.

Dave Goldman
Mushers battle slower trail, tired eyes into Takotna

Mushers battle slower trail, tired eyes into Takotna

So far, the times are slower with a trail that has bogged down teams. But mushers are in full mode pushing their own envelopes.

Dave Goldman
Iditarod season brings big boost to small school in Nikolai

Iditarod season brings big boost to small school in Nikolai

Tuesday was another day on the trail for most mushers, but it was pure excitement for the kids at checkpoint number six.

Liz Raines
Bearss Blog: The A to Z in catching ZZZZs along the Last Great Race

Bearss Blog: The A to Z in catching ZZZZs along the Last Great Race

Run versus rest -- that is the question. A former Iditarod musher shares some insight into how teams determine when to sprint and when to snooze.

Bryan Bearss
Bearss Blog: How soft snowpack leads to injuries on the trail

Bearss Blog: How soft snowpack leads to injuries on the trail

If you’ve ever walked downstairs in the dark, you may have experienced what the dogs experience with every footfall in the soft snow.

Bryan Bearss
Ryan Redington's solid run continues into Nikolai

Ryan Redington's solid run continues into Nikolai

Ryan Redington continues to have a good run in Iditarod 46, and it’s getting better.

Dave Goldman
Jonrowe's last Iditarod off to memorable start

Jonrowe's last Iditarod off to memorable start

The birds and the bees are causing a commotion on Dee Dee Jonrowe's team.

Liz Raines
Riverside bonfires part of Iditarod tradition in Skwentna

Riverside bonfires part of Iditarod tradition in Skwentna

The trek to the next checkpoint is now doubt much quieter for Iditarod mushers than the party that awaited them in Skwentna late Sunday night. Bonfires and live music along the Yentna River have become an Iditarod tradition -- breaking the silence and dar

Liz Raines
Bearss Blog: Words of wisdom for rookies

Bearss Blog: Words of wisdom for rookies

“I think it’s almost impossible to go too slow on the first or second day.”- Jeff King

Bryan Bearss
Bearss Blog: Taxi, please. Sleds as unique as their mushers

Bearss Blog: Taxi, please. Sleds as unique as their mushers

Dogsleds are as distinct and unique to each musher as the swirls on frostbitten fingertips. Some sleds strike memories of the first race in 1973, while others appear to be straight out of the newest sci-fi movie.

Bryan Bearss
Anything you can do they can do better

Anything you can do they can do better

The last time a woman won the Iditarod was 1990. Could this be the year that drought ends?

Dave Goldman
Photos: Mushers of the 2018 Iditarod

Photos: Mushers of the 2018 Iditarod

Here's a look at the 67 mushers from Saturday's ceremonial start of the 2018 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.

KTVA Web Staff
The drive for 5 Iditarod titles

The drive for 5 Iditarod titles

Once again, two all-time Iditarod greats, Martin Buser and Jeff King, sit on the brink of five titles.

Dave Goldman
A peek inside the diet of an Iditarod dog team

A peek inside the diet of an Iditarod dog team

At the Iditarod Diner, the menu is tailored to its best customers-- and the restaurant is open 24/7. 

John Thain
'All good' as mushers reach Skwentna checkpoint

'All good' as mushers reach Skwentna checkpoint

As mushers and their teams arrived at Skwentna, there were no complaints about the trail.

Dave Goldman
Skwentna Sweeties turn Iditarod checkpoint into trailside spa

Skwentna Sweeties turn Iditarod checkpoint into trailside spa

A group of women at the second check point anxiously await the arrival of Iditarod mushers with Alaskan hospitality. 

Liz Raines
Blue skies ahead? The Iditarod gets off to a bright start

Blue skies ahead? The Iditarod gets off to a bright start

Under a sun-drenched sky, a moment months in the making has finally arrived-- the official start of the Iditarod.

Dave Goldman
Bearss Blog: Iditarod doping... Who cares?

Bearss Blog: Iditarod doping... Who cares?

What’s the big deal? It’s just some dog sled race in Alaska.

Bryan Bearss
Skwentna prepares for Iditarod teams

Skwentna prepares for Iditarod teams

The tiny town of Skwentna is getting ready for the first 2018 Iditarod mushers to arrive. It's the second checkpoint along the trail this year.

Liz Raines
Mushers rush through Anchorage at Iditarod ceremonial start

Mushers rush through Anchorage at Iditarod ceremonial start

Dozens of Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race mushers took a bow in downtown Anchorage Saturday, as crowds at the race's ceremonial start cheered them ahead of their long journey to Nome.

Cassie Schirm
PETA stages dog funeral at Iditarod ceremonial start

PETA stages dog funeral at Iditarod ceremonial start

A group of activists with People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals held a funeral Saturday for five dogs that died during last year's Iditarod.

Liz Raines
Loose Iditarod dog recovered after Anchorage ceremonial start

Loose Iditarod dog recovered after Anchorage ceremonial start

A dog from an Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race musher's team has been recovered, after getting loose just before Saturday's ceremonial start in downtown Anchorage.

KTVA Web Staff
'Icons of the Iditarod' chronicles decades of The Last Great Race

'Icons of the Iditarod' chronicles decades of The Last Great Race

Iditarod photographer Jeff Schultz and author Tricia Brown's new book is available now.

Daybreak Staff
How to watch the 2018 Iditarod Ceremonial Start, restart

How to watch the 2018 Iditarod Ceremonial Start, restart

Almost 70 mushers, their dog teams and Iditariders will take off from 4th Avenue in downtown Anchorage on Saturday, March 3.

KTVA Web Staff
Iditarod 2018 musher list

Iditarod 2018 musher list

The field is set for this year's Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.

KTVA Web Staff
Anchorage streets close ahead of Iditarod ceremonial start

Anchorage streets close ahead of Iditarod ceremonial start

Several downtown Anchorage streets will be blocked starting Friday afternoon, in preparation for Saturday’s ceremonial start of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.

Chris Klint
2018 Iditarod race map

2018 Iditarod race map

Iditarod 46 Race Map - Watch the ceremonial start live on KTVA-TV on March 3 at 10 a.m.

KTVA Web Staff
Catch a shuttle to Willow for Iditarod XLVI restart

Catch a shuttle to Willow for Iditarod XLVI restart

If you're hoping to watch the Iditarod restart in person this year, race organizers are offering shuttle service to and from several cities in Southcentral. 

Liz Thomas
Iditarod officials try to explain redacted test results

Iditarod officials try to explain redacted test results

With the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race a week away, Iditarod Trail Committee officials attempted to mitigate questions surrounding a brutal off-season -- including newly unveiled results from tests on dogs with some details redacted.

Dave Goldman
Photos: Looking back at the 2017 Iditarod

Photos: Looking back at the 2017 Iditarod

Join us for the ceremonial start of the 2018 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in downtown Anchorage on Saturday, March 3.

KTVA Web Staff
2011 champion John Baker pulls out of Iditarod XLVI

2011 champion John Baker pulls out of Iditarod XLVI

2011 Iditarod champion John Baker will not compete in the 2018 race.

John Thompson
ITC Board responds to calls for president's resignation

ITC Board responds to calls for president's resignation

The Iditarod Official Finishers Club is demanding the resignation of the president of the Iditarod Board of Directors.

Liz Thomas
ITC confirms southern route for Iditarod XLVI

ITC confirms southern route for Iditarod XLVI

For the first time in five years, the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race will follow the southern route. 

KTVA Web Staff
Mushers respond to scathing Iditarod report

Mushers respond to scathing Iditarod report

Report from Foraker Group recommends ways to keep the race going.

Dave Leval
Report calls for Iditarod change amid mushers' dissent

Report calls for Iditarod change amid mushers' dissent

An extensive report on the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race’s public woes is urging organizers to improve their public and private communications, in a bid to repair its relationships with several key groups in the race’s success.

Chris Klint
‘Prove it:’ Dallas Seavey demands dogs’ drug-test results from Iditarod

‘Prove it:’ Dallas Seavey demands dogs’ drug-test results from Iditarod

Dallas Seavey told KTVA on Tuesday that he wants to see the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race’s proof that his dogs were doped this year.

KTVA Web Staff
Iditarod to tighten race trail security, rewrite 'gag rule'

Iditarod to tighten race trail security, rewrite 'gag rule'

The Iditarod Trail Committee (ITC) is taking steps to tighten security along the race route in the near future.

KTVA Web Staff

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