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    DeeDee Jonrowe turns to fans to help fund her Iditarod 2016 run

    by Dave Goldman on Jan 21, 5:28

    DeeDee Jonrowe’s Iditarod resume is amongst the most respected in racing history, with 30 Iditarod finishes — 16 of them in the top 10. But if there were ever a year to count out one of the sport’s legends, this would be it. Jonrowe’s primary sponsor, Shell, dropped her after leaving Alaska. Over the summer, the […]

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    Iditarod will likely start in Willow, officials say

    by Associated Press on Jan 20, 8:22

    Fairbanks officials say the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race is unlikely to start in the borough this year. Borough Mayor Karl Kassel tells The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner that unless the weather worsens in Southcentral Alaska, the 1,000-mile race will likely start in Willow as planned. The ceremonial start of the race is scheduled for March 5 […]

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    Iditarod: Starting in Fairbanks again? It’s possible

    by Dave Goldman on Jan 12, 19:16

    Mother Nature goes on her own time. The problem is the Iditarod is running out of it. Stan Hooley, the race’s CEO, confirmed that he will be meeting with officials in Fairbanks next week to discuss contingency plans should the restart have to be moved from Willow, as it was last year. “We’ve got an […]

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    Iditarod conditions are good, but some areas on the trail remain a concern

    by Dave Goldman on Dec 23, 21:15

    Like the song says, “Let it Snow.” It may be Stan Hooley’s favorite holiday tune. At the very least, the Iditarod’s executive director hopes the yuletide classic is a sign of what’s to come. As usual, the race is scheduled to begin in Willow. That of course, doesn’t always happen. Rewind to last year when a warmer-than-usual winter led to a weather nightmare forcing […]

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    Nome fourth grader wins 2016 Iditarod commemorative button contest

    by Laura Kraegel/KNOM on Nov 26, 9:10

    While the last great race is still months away, the Iditarod button design contest already has a champion: Ayla Knodel, a fourth grader at Nome Elementary School. Knodel took first place in the annual contest that has Alaska students create artwork for the commemorative button sold along the trail each March. Having submitted her design early in […]

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    Lance Mackey says he will race in 2016 Iditarod

    by KTVA Sports on Nov 19, 13:12

    Four-time champion Lance Mackey said he plans to race in the 2016 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. In a post on his Facebook page, Mackey thanked his fans for motivating him to race. It was thought the 2015 Iditarod could have been Mackey’s final Last Great Race. In an interview with Iditarod Insider last year, […]

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    Tired of the sidelines, Karin Hendrickson looks to 2016 Iditarod

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Sep 09, 7:52

    She was forced to take a step back from the sport she loves. But now, a Willow musher is making her comeback. Karin Hendrickson was badly injured when a truck slid off the road and crashed into her team last year. It’s been a long road to recovery, but she’s training for next year’s Iditarod […]

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    Iditarod champion uses treadmill to keep team in shape

    by Dave Leval on Jul 29, 22:03

    Dallas Seavey often takes his mushing dogs for a walk but says he never leaves home. In fact, the dogs of the defending Iditarod champion don’t even leave their front yard, thanks to a treadmill Seavey installed two months ago inside a 50-foot refrigerated trailer. It’s Seavey’s way to keep his dogs active, especially during […]

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    “This is what I want to do”: DeeDee Jonrowe will run Iditarod 2016

    by Sierra Starks on Jun 27, 14:01

      DeeDee Jonrowe, who lost her Willow home and kennel to the Sockeye Fire earlier this month, has signed up for the 2016 Iditarod Sled Dog Race. “This is what I want to do; I’m doing what I want to do,” said Jonrowe. “I didn’t want to lose all my stuff. I didn’t want to go […]

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    Pathology reports completed on 2 Iditarod dogs: No abuse, no abnormalities

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Jun 08, 17:34

    Tests done on the two dogs who died from Lance Mackey’s Iditarod 2015 team revealed no signs of abuse or pre-existing medical abnormalities. The Iditarod Trail Committee says a comprehensive evaluation of tissues was done on both dogs — 3-year-old Wyatt, who died on the trail between Tanana and Ruby on March 12, and 3-year-old Stiffy, who […]

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    UPDATE on Iditarod musher Steve Watkins: Aftershocks leave Everest unsafe to continue climb

    by KTVA Sports on Apr 25, 20:22

    Updated Sunday, 8 p.m. Aftershocks from the Nepal earthquake have left climbing conditions on Mount Everest unsafe. Steve Watkins and his team were evacuated by helicopter from camp one to base camp, says his girlfriend, Joy Chairusmi. She says they are now trying to decide whether to walk the rest of the way from base camp […]

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    Missing Iditarod sled dog found in Palmer, going home to Fairbanks

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Apr 21, 16:56

    Missing for weeks, Iditarod musher Laura Allaway’s runaway sled dog has been found, she says. “She is safe and sound and will be back home in Fairbanks tomorrow!!” Allaway wrote in a Facebook group dedicated to helping locate sled dog Sarabi. Allaway, who as a rookie finished in 46th place in Iditarod 43, made the […]

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    Iditarod musher’s dog missing after running away from handler

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Mar 26, 12:07

    Iditarod 43 rookie musher Laura Allaway is reaching out to the public for help to find her sled dog that went missing after running away from an Anchorage handler. Allaway made the decision to drop the 3-year-old Alaskan Husky named Sarabi at the Nulato checkpoint because the dog was developing a sore shoulder. She hauled […]

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    Cindy Abbott wins Iditarod 43 Red Lantern

    by KTVA Sports on Mar 23, 7:47

    The final musher for Iditarod 43 made it to Nome Sunday evening. The Red Lantern goes to Cindy Abbott, who finished the Last Great Race in 13 days, 11 hours, 19 minutes and 51 seconds. The award is for the last musher who successfully crosses the burled arch. This was Abbott’s third attempt at finishing […]

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    Iditarod 2015 finish a family affair for rookie musher Alan Stevens

    by Heather Hintze on Mar 22, 16:44

    It was a moment 12 days, eight hours and 43 minutes in the making for Alan Stevens, as he crossed the finish line in Nome on Saturday. “I’m so happy to see him come in,” said Paula Stevens, Alan’s mother. Paula and her husband, Mark, made the trip from Texas to watch their son make […]

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    Web Extra: Scott Janssen says Lance Mackey rescued his dog team outside of Koyuk

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Mar 21, 13:07

    Iditarod 2015 musher Scott Janssen scratched just outside of the Koyuk checkpoint. Janssen said his team lost the trail, and they spent more than 12 hours stranded on the ice in the worst blizzard he’s ever seen. A search-and-rescue team found him hypothermic, with a sleeping bag draped over him and his 11 dogs. “I couldn’t […]

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    Emotional Iditarod 2015 finish for Lance Mackey in Nome

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Mar 21, 12:27

      Lance Mackey and his brother, Jason, came down Front Street in Nome side-by-side. The veteran musher’s finish of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race could be classified as solace amid many hardships. “He’s a survivor,” said Aaron Burmeister of Lance, who lost two dogs — Stiffy and Wyatt — along the trail. Jason finished […]

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    Cause of death can’t be determined for Mackey’s 2nd lost dog

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Mar 20, 19:58

    Iditarod 2015 trail officials report another death of a dog on Lance Mackey’s team. At approximately 5:15 p.m. Friday, 3-year-old Stiffy passed away unexpectedly on the trail between Elim and White Mountain. The necropsy performed on Stiffy revealed some abnormalities, but the cause of death could not be determined, according to a release from Iditarod […]

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    First female Iditarod winner celebrates in Nome 30 years later

    by Heather Hintze on Mar 20, 17:22

    Libby Riddles became the first woman to win the Iditarod on March 20, 1985. Exactly thirty years later, she’s celebrating in Nome by watching this year’s mushers cross the finish line. “I can’t believe it’s been 30 years,” she said. “I think about some of these mushers racing today and I think I have dog […]

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    Iditarod chef prepares meal to bring volunteers together

    by Heather Hintze on Mar 20, 0:24

    It wasn’t a typical Iditarod trail meal for volunteers on Thursday night. Deb Smykalski — who goes by Debski — has been the Iditarod’s cook for the past 10 years. She shipped up 28 steaks for a special dinner that she paid for herself. “They’ve been talking about, whoa, when are we going to have […]