New Iditarod CEO Rob Urbach says that he's meeting with officials from the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals on Thursday in Los Angeles.
AFN honors Bethel’s Pete Kaiser, Lyman Hoffman
Iditarod winner Pete Kaiser and saged lawmaker Lyman Hoffman inspired an audience at Carlson Center.
Iditarod joins QPAWS, 3 other sled dog races as part of new race circuit
The Iditarod joins new nonprofit race circuit.
Iditarod musher Rick Casillo braces his home, kennel for Montana Creek wildfire
Near Talkeetna, the Montana Creek Fire is estimated to be burning around 250 acres.
Cassie Schirm & Angela Krenzien
Iditarod names new CEO as first mushers register for 2020 race
The Iditarod Trail Committee on Saturday publicized the appointment of Rob Urbach as its new CEO starting July 29.
KTVA Web Staff
Preliminary report confirms Iditarod dog died of pneumonia
Pneumonia caused the death of Oshi, the 5-year-old sled dog from 2019 Iditarod musher Richie Beattie's team, according to a report from Iditarod officials.
Mushing home from Nome: The Reitans embark on 1,400-mile journey to Alaska's North Slope
While most who competed in the 2019 Iditarod are resting up from the 1,000-mile trip, 21-year-old Martin Apayauq Reitan is preparing to embark on another long mushing journey.
Bethel fans welcome Iditarod 2019 champion Peter Kaiser home
Fans gathered in Bethel over the weekend to welcome Peter Kaiser after winning the 2019 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.
Igivearod campaign raises over $103K for Alaska schools during 2019 Iditarod
A campaign to raise money for Alaska schools along the Iditarod Trail gathered over $100,000 in pledges since March 7.
Iditarod 47 Blog - Iditarod announces 2019 purse spread
Follow the latest updates from the trail during the 2019 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.
KTVA Web Staff
Victoria Hardwick crosses Iditarod finish line, wins Red Lantern Award
Victoria Hardwick, the 33-year-old rookie musher from Bethel, was the last to make it to Nome.
Iditarod dog that died was carried in sled, reconnected to towline in Nome
Video of Beattie’s 10:01 p.m. arrival at the burled arch Thursday shows the rookie musher removing a dog from his sled. As the dog staggers, Beattie reconnects her to the towline.
Next stop, Nome: Inside the Safety checkpoint
For mushers in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, reaching the Safety Roadhouse means one thing, just 22 miles to Nome.
Iditarod musher Blair Braverman makes it to Nome
Blair Braverman finished the 2019 Iditarod in 36th place.
Iditarod musher Nic Petit sets record straight on his 2019 race
In an interview with Iditarod Insider on Friday, the musher explained what happened on the ice outside of Shaktoolik.
Sled dog from Richie Beattie's team dies after finishing Iditarod
A 5-year-old sled dog has died after completing the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.
KTVA Web Staff
Trinkets, photos & a beloved volunteer's ashes: Mushers carry more than gear to Nome
Several mushers heading to the burled arch in Nome carried more than just their required gear with them.
Richie Beattie earns Rookie of the Year as fastest first-timer to Nome
Rookie musher Richie Beattie arrived in Nome at 10:01 p.m. Thursday, in 21st place. His total race time of 11 days, seven hours, one minute and 31 seconds makes him the fastest rookie on the trail this year.
Kristy, Anna Berington break top 20
Twins Kristy and Anna Berington arrived in Nome together Thursday, each claiming their best Iditarod finish yet.
Royer, Zirkle & Drobny place in the top 10, making Iditarod history
Together, three women made Iditarod history Wednesday: It's the first time three female mushers have placed in the top 10.
Burled arch and basketball: Nome has plenty of sports history
Annual basketball tournament builds friendships and sense of community during Iditarod finish in Nome.
Aliy Zirkle 4th to Nome in 2019 Iditarod
Aliy Zirkle has finished fourth in the 2019 Iditarod.
KTVA Web Staff
For Iditarod winner Peter Kaiser, mushing is a family affair
The Iditarod champion's roots in the sport run deep in family history.
Rookie musher Sebastien Dos Santos Borges scratches in Unalakleet
Sebastien Dos Santos Borges has scratched in the 2019 Iditarod.
KTVA Web Staff
Veteran musher Jessie Royer takes 3rd in 2019 Iditarod
Veteran Iditarod musher Jessie Royer finishes third in the 2019 Iditarod.
Bethel's Peter Kaiser wins the 2019 Iditarod
Peter Kaiser is the 2019 Iditarod champion.
KTVA Web Staff
The Daily 5: Peter Kaiser cinches victory, a salute to sled dogs & more mushers headed to Nome
Here are five things to know for Wednesday on Day 11 of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.
How to watch the finish of Iditarod 47 live
Join us live in Nome for the finish of Iditarod 47!
KTVA Web Staff
Photos: Dogs of Iditarod 47
A tribute to the superstars of the Iditarod.
Dreary finish as sled dogs close in on the burled arch
The last stretch of the Iditarod can be one of the harshest in terms of weather. Thankfully this year it's looking to be nice and calm.
Iditarod dogs that don't finish the race get pampered in Anchorage
Dogs are fed and examined in Anchorage before being returned to their handlers.
The Daily 5: Petit scratches, a 3-way battle for first & how to send a 'mushergram'
Here are five things to know for Tuesday on Day 10 of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.
Iditarod musher Ryan Redington scratches in Shaktoolik
Veteran Iditarod musher Ryan Redington scratched Tuesday morning at the Shaktoolik checkpoint.
Iditarod musher Brett Bruggeman scratches in Shaktoolik
Brett Bruggeman, bib No. 35, scratched Tuesday morning at the Shaktoolik checkpoint.
Iditarod musher Niklas Wikstrand scratches in Kaltag
Niklas Wikstrand, bib No. 42, scratched at 12:42 a.m. Tuesday at the Kaltag checkpoint.
Blair Braverman's #UglyDogs are doing beautiful things for Alaska schools
Fans raised more than $7,000 in 24 hours to help students in Nikolai go on a school trip to Anchorage.
Lauren Maxwell & Jes Stugelmayer
Freezing rain and snow greets Iditarod teams on the coast
Freezing rain, freezing fog, snow, sleet, rain, and everything in between will test dog sled teams along Alaska's west coast.
Jeremy LaGoo & Melissa Frey
After dogs stop running, Nicolas Petit backtracks to scratch in Shaktoolik
Nicolas Petit has scratched in 2019 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.
KTVA Web Staff
Musher Wade Marrs' strategy changed from 'aiming to win' to 'let's just get there'
Instead of reaching the burled arch in Nome first, he's thinking about a top-20 finish. A busted sled will do that.
Veteran musher Lev Shvarts scratches in Unalakleet
Veteran Iditarod musher Lev Shvarts has scratched on Monday evening.
KTVA Web Staff
‘Mushergrams,’ special pizza deliveries await mushers in Unalakleet
On the Iditarod Trail, texting and social media are not usually available to mushers headed to Nome. If you want to send a message to a musher mid-race, you send a “mushergram.”
The Daily 5: Kaiser leads into Koyuk, hygiene on the trail & a cooler forecast
Here are five things to know for Monday on Day 9 of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.
Iditarod musher Robert Redington scratches in Kaltag
Veteran Iditarod musher Robert Redington, bib No. 34, of Willow, scratched at 8 a.m. Monday.
Iditarod mushers, volunteers flip for Unalakleet's sourdough pancakes
Sourdough pancakes are served around the clock at the Unalakleet checkpoint.
In rural Alaska villages, cake walks make hard times a little easier
Many small towns around Alaska hold cake walks to help support one another when a community member falls on hard times.
Snow showers and breezy winds as mushers journey to Nome
Additional snow showers could bring up to 2 inches of snow as mushers continue their journey to Nome.
Iditarod musher Cindy Abbott scratches at halfway mark
Veteran Iditarod musher Cindy Abbott, bib No. 16, of Willow scratched Saturday at the Iditarod checkpoint.
The Daily 5: Leaders head for the coast, 2 scratches & a winter storm blows in
Here are five things to know for Sunday on Day 8 of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.
What happens to unused drop bags on the Iditarod?
Trail crew members sifted through drop bags left behind by mushers. Dog food is given to members of the community and prized possessions mailed back to Anchorage for the mushers
Windy conditions and snow continue along the Iditarod Trail
Despite the winter weather advisory expiring later today, snow and windy conditions will continue for the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta.
Veteran mushers Maxwell, Fressineau scratch at Iditarod halfway checkpoint
Emily Maxwell, bib No. 18, and Marcelle Fressineau, bib No. 27, scratched around noon Saturday.
KTVA Web Staff
The Daily 5: Leaders pull ahead, Aliy's stop in Anvik & a vet from Australia
Here are five things to know for Saturday on Day 7 of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.
Snow showers and low visibility along the Iditarod Trail
Reduced visibility along the Iditarod trail could slow down mushers.
On the Iditarod Trail, gender doesn't determine success
At the end of the day, every musher — man or woman — must be mentally tough.
Volunteer veterinarians keep dogs healthy on Iditarod Trail
They come from all over the world. Like Michelle Barton from Australia.
Food issues at Eagle Island could influence mushers' strategy
For a second-straight year, there's a snag at the Eagle Island checkpoint.
Nicolas Petit gets First Musher to the Yukon Award
Nicolas Petit was the first musher in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race to arrive to the Anvik checkpoint getting the annual Lakefront Anchorage First Musher to the Yukon Award.
Photos: Top 5 mushers make it through Anvik in 2019 Iditarod
Here are photos from the time — hours for some, minutes for others — in the checkpoint.
The Daily 5: Racing to the Yukon, record snow in Nome & a new perspective
Here are five things to know for Friday on Day 6 of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.
Meet the chefs preparing a multi-course feast for the first musher to Anvik
If the first musher in decides to blaze through Anvik to maintain a lead in the race, the chefs say, they’re cooking anyway.
Photos: Anvik waits to welcome 2019 Iditarod mushers
The walls are covered in drawings and messages of support for every musher — here are some of our favorites.
Storied Iditarod photographer looks at people, places of the race with new lens
Jeff Schultz is telling the story of the Iditarod in a different way this year.
Aliy Zirkle first to Iditarod, wins Dorothy G. Page Halfway Award
Aliy Zirkle was the first musher to reach the Iditarod checkpoint, the halfway point of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. Zirkle arrived at 1:38 a.m. with 14 dogs.
For the kids of Takotna, it's all hands on deck for Iditarod
The whole community of Takotna chips in during the Iditarod. Everyone has an assigned job, even the kids.
Scratched musher's sled keeps rookie in the race
As a rookie who's made it this far, Alison Lifka has no plans to stop trying now.
The Daily 5: Sled swapping, karma on the trail, & a mild Iditarod forecast
Here are five things to know for Thursday on Day 5 of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.
Takotna welcomes 2019 Iditarod mushers with fewer volunteers, but no less enthusiasm
Students in Takotna do their best to make Iditarod mushers feel welcome despite the missing large Norway signs and presence.
Anyone got a spare sled? Iditarod karma helps musher stay on the trail.
Swedish musher Pettersson had an arrangement with Linwood Fiedler and a lot of luck, too.
Snow continues, but temperatures stay mild along Iditarod Trail
Mild weather continues along the Iditarod Trail, with little in the way of active weather.
Dirt, gravel & boulders: Mushers describe the roughest part of the Iditarod trail yet
Several mushers had to work on their sleds after crossing what is some of the worst trail in the entire race. Others needed to trade their sled for a new one to continue the journey to Nome.
Iditarod musher Shaynee Traska scratches in Nikolai
Traska scratched to look out for the best interest of her team.
Photos: Snow, sleep and sled changes in Takotna
Mushers are arriving to Takotna, and for some, it means changing their race plans.
For some mushers, Takotna is a must-stop on the route
The Takotna checkpoint is favorite among many mushers.
Can anyone match Rick Swenson's 5-win record?
Five appears to be the safe number of Iditarod titles
The Daily 5: Petit pushes through Takotna, a lost dog team is found, & more snow is on the way
Here are five things to know for Wednesday on Day 4 of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.
Nikolai school works for big adventures with Iditarod help
Fourth graders at Top of the Kuskokwim School in Nikolai help feed Iditarod mushers, raise some money for a class trip and learn about the Iditarod
Musher separated from team says fellow musher saved him and his dogs
Two mushers pulled into the Nikolai checkpoint around noon Tuesday with a story from the trail that neither has been able to stop thinking about.
Photos: Sled dogs get naps, massages in Nikolai
In Nikolai, sled dogs get a little shut-eye.
Alaska teachers include Iditarod in classroom curriculum
Teachers across the country, and in Alaska, are using the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race as a tool to teach tenacity and geography.
Ulsom presented with beaver mitts as prize for first to Nikolai
Ulsom was surprised with the gift of beaver mitts made by Nikolai resident Oline Petruska and a wool blanket.
The Daily 5: Mushers close in on Nikolai, a bird's eye view of the trail & an Iditarod forecast
Here are five things to know for Tuesday on Day 3 of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.
4 mushers say 2019 is their last Iditarod. Their final act remains to be seen.
For a group of four mushers, this is their last Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race — at least competitively.
The economics of running a roadhouse along the Iditarod Trail
The Iditarod's second checkpoint, Skwentna, is a hub of winter activity that draws people to the village off the road system.
VIDEO: Aerial view of the trail mushers will be traveling overnight
The trek to Rohn takes mushers through the Dalzell Gorge, which has the potential to be one of the toughest stretches along the trail.
Ryan Santiago may be a rookie, but there's an Iditarod winner on his dog team
The rookie is racing a group of dogs from three-time champion Mitch Seavey's kennel.
Teachers tour sled dog kennel during Iditarod Conference for Educators
Every year, teachers across the country get the opportunity to be a part of the Iditarod Conference for Educators.
Photos: Rookie mushers prepare to leave Skwentna
The Skwentna checkpoint was bustling overnight as 52 mushers and their teams either stopped to rest or kept pushing forward.
The Daily 5: Mushers arrive in Skwentna, a special autograph & an Iditarod forecast
Here are five things to know for Monday on Day 2 of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.
Sunshine gives way to overnight snow showers for Day 2 of Iditarod
Sunshine is expected for the first half of the day on Monday, with building clouds and snow arriving into the evening hours.
Photos: Teams dash away from Iditarod 47 restart in Willow
Following the official start of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in Willow, 52 mushers and their dog teams are headed to Nome.
Iditarod 47 starts with nerves, cheers and lots of smiles
47th Iditarod begins with 11 mile ceremonial start in downtown Anchorage in front of large crowds and loud cheers.
Ready to go? Iditarod teams set their sights on Nome
Iditarod 47 poses many questions. The answers will begin to unfold Sunday with the official restart in Willow.
Clouds return for the restart of the 2019 Iditarod
Leading up to the event was plenty of sunshine and pleasant weather for all of Southcentral, but like all good things, it must come to an end.
'Iditarod is our Super Bowl': Fans celebrate along ceremonial start route
The athletes in this sport have four legs and the bar is made of firmly packed snow.
Photos: Race-ready teams run 2019 Iditarod Ceremonial Start
Scenes from across Anchorage as Iditarod 47 gets underway.
KTVA Web Staff
Fighting For First: A look back at Iditarod 2018
3 stories. 3 racers. All fighting for first. Watch KTVA's special program "Fighting for First: A look back at Iditarod 2018."
KTVA Web Staff
Lance Mackey returns to Iditarod trail 'a little beat-up'
The day before the ceremonial start of the Iditarod veteran musher Lance Mackey was a couple of streets away from the starting line at 6th Avenue Outfitters meeting fans and talking the race.
Iditarod 2019 musher list
The field is set for this year's Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.
KTVA Web Staff
Before the big race, fans get up close & personal with mushers
Hundreds of fans attended a meet-and-greet event with mushers Thursday afternoon, many hoping to meet a musher they felt like they already knew.
'I just love huskies': Make-A-Wish brings Florida boy to Iditarod
"It's my dream, I have to follow my dream," said 11-year-old Brandon Walsh, who didn't think twice when given a wish come true from Make-A-Wish Alaska and Washington.