Jessie Royer was a dog musher before she even knew what mushing was. “I had goats for 4H so I used to hook up my border collie with my billy goat and that was my first dog team when I was ten years old,” Royer said. “I’d never even heard of the Iditarod before.” Flash forward 30 years and she’s now a top contender in the Last Great Race on Earth. Royer said she didn’t go into the race with a strategy, she just wanted to take the best care of her team. “We had a few issues but the….Continue Reading

A large portion of this year’s mushers have yet to pull under the Burled Arch in Nome. No matter the place they finish, almost every musher will offer a similar sentiment: they’re not in the sport for the money. Mushing dogs is what they do year-round. Their entire livelihood revolves around their dogs. For being this year’s winner, 57-year-old Mitch Seavey earned himself $71,250 and a brand new Dodge Ram pickup truck from Anchorage Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM Center. Seavey was presented with a large ceremonial check at the finish, which had $75,000 printed on it, but “the amount did….Continue Reading

Click to see the most recent update to this story. A three-year-old dog named Shilling from Roger Lee’s team collapsed and died on the trail late Wednesday morning, according to Iditarod race marshal Mark Nordman. Shilling died around 10:30 a.m. about ten miles before the Unalakleet checkpoint. This is the fifth dog to die during this year’s Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. Three dogs have died unexpectedly on the trail, one died while being transported to Anchorage after being dropped and another was hit and killed by a car after escaping it’s handler’s home in Anchorage — also after it was dropped.….Continue Reading

Last updated at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Mar. 15 Mitch Seavey glided into Nome with ease Tuesday, pulled by 11 of the 16 dogs he started the race with. This is the third Iditarod championship for the 57-year-old from Seward. His official time was 8 days, 3 hours, 40 minutes and 13 seconds. He received a ceremonial check for $75,000 and a new Dodge Ram pickup truck. His official first place prize is $71,250, plus the $2,000 he won for reaching the Kaltag checkpoint first. See the complete breakdown of this year’s prize money. On an antitypical route to the Burled Arch….Continue Reading

Mitch Seavey was only a few hours away from the Iditarod finish line in Nome by early-Tuesday afternoon. Inside of a house, just a couple of blocks off of Front Street, his oldest son, Danny, and his father, Dan, sat at a kitchen table watching the Iditarod tracker. They were confident that Mitch Seavey would clench his third title, but said second was still up in the air. Nicolas Petit and Dallas Seavey were racing for second and third place slots. “Nic (Petit) is right there with Dallas. Right now, I couldn’t say who the favorite to take second is,”….Continue Reading

Click to see the most recent update to this story. A male dog from Katherine Keith’s race team died overnight, shortly before the Koyuk checkpoint. At about 1 a.m., 4-year-old Flash “collapsed in harness and died shortly thereafter,” according to a release from the Iditarod Trail Committee. The incident occurred about 10 miles before Keith’s arrival in Koyuk, the release says. A necropsy will be conducted to determine the cause of death. Three other dogs have died during this year’s Iditarod. The most recent, a 3-year-old dropped during the race, was reportedly hit and killed by a vehicle in Anchorage after escaping from his handler’s home.….Continue Reading

  The first days of the Iditarod are like the edges of a jigsaw puzzle. The pieces gradually move into place and a picture emerges as mushers inch closer to Nome. Mitch Seavey saw the picture before anyone else – that victory was in sight. It’ll be six years now that the Seavey family has dominated the Iditarod, with Mitch’s son Dallas, breaking his own record last year. The patriarch of the family, Dan Seavey, who ran the very first Iditarod in 1973, takes pride in the Seavey track record, which has its roots in more than 50 years of hard….Continue Reading

Wade Marrs was first to pull into Unalakleet Sunday afternoon. He won a gold cup and $3,500 in gold nuggets for being first. The community of almost 900 people is the first stop on the North Sound. After this stop, mushers make their way up the coast to Shaktoolik. The communities along the Norton Sound are routinely battered with strong winds and blowing snow, but this year the weather has held off — at least for the front of the pack.

Mitch is playing his hand perfectly, arriving in Elim after a 5 hour, 40 minute run and staying until just after Nicolas Petit arrived. Over this run, Mitch was consistently able to run nearly a full mile an hour faster than Nic, buying him time to rest himself and his team, just 13 minutes shy of 3 hours. The questions pending now are how does Nic feel about his team and will he risk blowing through on short or no rest to keep up with Mitch? Knowing Nic’s awareness of and care for his team, the answers will likely be,….Continue Reading