October 22, 2016

Jr. Iditarod Sled Dog Race

40th Running of the Jr. Iditarod


The Jr. Iditarod will be officially accepting entries for the 2017 Jr. Iditarod on Saturday, June 25, at the ITC Headquarters, Mile 2.2 Knik Goose Bay Road in Wasilla. The paperwork will be on the website by the end of the day on June 17. The paperwork required at the time of entry will be noted on the website.

There will be no entry fee for Jr. Iditarod mushers until after December 1, 2016. After that the entry fee will be $150. Entries will close on February 11, 2017. All Jr. Mushers are required to be a member of the Iditarod Trail Committee.

The rules for the 2017 Jr. Iditarod will be finalized no later than October 1, 2016, and posted by that date. The Jr. Iditarod Board of Directors is working on what the format of the race will be for 2017. There is discussion about changing to three (3) 50 mile runs with two five (5) to six (6) hour layovers or keeping it the same with two (2) 75 mile runs with one ten (10) hour layover. The Jr. Iditarod Board of Directors welcomes your input as they discuss the possibility of changing the format.

The 2017 Jr. Iditarod will begin on Saturday, February 25 at 10:00 a.m. at Knik Lake, weather permitting. If weather makes Knik Lake unsuitable for the start of the race, it will move to the Willow Community Center. The finish of the race will be on Sunday at the Willow Community Center and the awards’ banquet will be that evening at 6 p.m. at the Willow Community Center.

For more information, contact the Iditarod at 907-352-2203.