The 2021 Kobuk 440: A race pummeled by storms

2021 Kobuk 440 mushers set out into the storm from the start of the race.

The 2021 Kobuk 440: A race pummeled by storms   The Kobuk 440 is named the toughest dog race above the Arctic Circle for a reason. The race takes teams from the coastal town of Kotzebue across Kobuk Lake and up the Kobuk River to the village of Kobuk and back. Mushers of 2021 Kobuk […]

Dallas Seavey notches fifth Iditarod win

2021 IDITAROD CHAMPION— Not under the burled arch in Nome, but at Deshka Landing, Dallas Seavey and his lead dogs enjoy their 2021 Iditarod victory, in the early morning hours of Monday, March 15.

Talkeetna musher Dallas Seavey crossed the finish line at Deshka Landing on March 15, a Monday morning, at 5:08 a.m. winning his fifth Iditarod, and thus tying Rick Swenson for the distinction of holding five Iditarod championship titles. Seavey had 10 dogs in harness when he came across the finish line to win the Iditarod […]

So, you want to race?

Race marshal Michael McGowan at the 2016 Open North American Championships in Fairbanks.

The following wise words are from longtime race marshal Michael McGowan who most recently gave a rookie orientation to new racers at the Alaska Dog Mushers Association in Fairbanks, Alaska. This is the Golden Rule: Leave your ego at home. It does not belong anywhere near a dog race. Your dogs deserve and require your […]

2021 Iditarod won’t be coming to Nome

2020 Iditarod Champion Thomas Waerner at the finishline in Nome. For the first time since 1973, there won't be an Iditarod coming to Nome.

On Friday Dec. 18, the Iditarod Trail Committee announced that due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 49th running of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog race will follow a different course, one that won’t lead dog teams up to the Bering Sea and ultimately to Nome. Instead, the Iditarod will be run from the usual start […]

A handler’s journey on the Yukon Quest

A handler’s journey on the Yukon Quest

The Yukon Quest is regarded as the most grueling thousand miles by dog sled in the race world, but did you know that this goes beyond the mushers and the incredible canine athletes? Some races on the road system require handlers. What do handlers do? They drive from one checkpoint to the next to make […]

Brent Sass back with his second Quest victory in crowded field

Brent Sass near Carmacks in the 2019 Yukon Quest.

At his first rest stop of the 2019 Yukon Quest in Carmacks, defending champ Allen Moore was feeling pretty good about his first tactical decision to run the ninety miles without a stop. Was that too much for the defending champion team?  “I don’t think so or I probably wouldn’t have done it,” he said […]

Pete Kaiser wins 2019 Iditarod

Iditarod champion Pete Kaiser claims the throne with his lead dogs Morrow and Lucy.

Wind-driven snow blowing through Front Street and the late hour did not keep throngs of Iditarod fans from coming to the finish line in Nome as Bethel’s Pete Kaiser, 31, became the 2019 Iditarod champion at 3:39 a.m. on March 13. To the drums of the Nome St. Lawrence Island drummers and dancers, an emotional […]

Anny Malo wins 2019 Pedigree Stage Stop race

Anny Malo won this year's Wyoming Stage Stop race.

In 1996 Frank Teasley, with the help of public health nurse Jayne Ottman, launched the International Pedigree Stage Stop Sled Dog Race to showcase the beautiful state of Wyoming and to make sled dog racing more accessible to the public. In addition, the race committee worked to spread the word about the need for childhood […]