Teens Fourteen to Seventeen Accepting Challenges
In 1977, a group of young mushers looking for a longer race and a way to mush on the Iditarod Trail got together and organized the first Jr. Iditarod.
The 2014 Jr. Iditarod is the 37th running of this 150 mile race for Jr. mushers along the Iditarod Trail. Jr. Mushers are eligible to run the Jr. Iditarod when they are 14 and can continue to run the race through their 17th year.
The 2014 Race will begin at Happy Trails Kennel, 19391 W Lakes Blvd, Big Lake, on Saturday, February 22, at 10 a.m.. We invite all fans to come and see the junior racers off. See Directions below.
The mushers will run to the halfway point at Yentna Station Roadhouse, home of the Gabryszak family, where they will overnight with a mandatory 10 hour layover. The next morning they will run to the finish at Happy Trails Kennel. The Awards Banquet will be held that Sunday evening (February 23) at the Willow Community Center.
Directions to Happy Trails Kennel:
North on Hwy 1 (Glenn Highway)
Hwy 1 turns into Hwy 3 (Parks Highway )
Go through Wasilla
Turn left on Big Lake road at mile 52
Go 3 ¼ miles on Big Lake road turn right on
Beaver Lake road,
Go 1 mile, turn left onto West Lakes Boulevard
(long name, short sign “W.Lks.Blvd”)
Go 4 ½ miles to our driveway on right. Look for tripod with sign