Posts by Terrie Hanke

JR Update from Yentna Station Roadhouse

The JR Iditarod mushers have arrived at Yentna Station, the half-way checkpoint. The eleven mushers arrived within 65 minutes of each other. Translate that into out times with the 10-hour required rest and the differential and the teams will all depart between 05:28 and 06:34. Grace Nolan edged Colby Spears into the checkpoint by only …


JR Iditarod Honors Bernie & Jeannette Willis

The JR Iditarod salutes Bernie and Jeannette Willis as the honorary mushers for the 2018 race. The Willises will be wearing bib #1 for the start of the 41st JR Iditarod. The race will begin on Saturday Feb 24th at 10:00 am within shouting distance of Joe and Vi Redington’s former homestead on Knik Lake. Eleven mushers …


Junior Racers on Their Way to Yentna

Snow fell over night making the start of the JR Iditarod on Knik Lake making a magical snowy winter wonderland. The temperatures were pleasant and the winds were light as the mushers prepared for the start. No matter how much preparation is done in advance of the race, there’s still plenty to do between parking …


41st JR Iditarod – The Stage is Set

The stage is set for the forty-first JR Iditarod. Earlier today mushers brought their dogs in for vet check. This evening they gathered for bib draw, pizza, cake and race rule information. Eleven mushers will take to the trail on Saturday morning. Bib number 1 is reserved for the honorary mushers – Bernie and Jeanette …


Meet the JR Iditarod Race Marshal

Former JR Iditarod Champion, Cim Smyth, is the 2018 Race Marshall. During Cim’s four year Jr. Iditarod career that began in 1991, he placed 7th, 2nd twice and claimed gold on his final run in 1994. As a matter of fact, the JR Iditarod was dominated by the Smyth boys for three years running. Older brother, …


Meet the Rookies of JR Iditarod XLI

Teens ranging in age from 14 to 17 are anxious and excited to run the 150 miles from Knik Lake out to the Yentna Station Roadhouse then to the finish line at the Willow Community Center. When the teens reach Yentna Station located on the big bend of the Yentna River, they’ll camp with their …


Meet the Veterans of JR Iditarod XLI

The field for the JR. Iditarod has grown to eleven mushers. The teens, aging from 14 – 17 years in age, are anxious and excited to run the 150 miles from Knik Lake out to the Yentna Station Road House and then finishing at the Willow Community Center. The race is billed as the race …


Jr. Iditarod – One Champion, All Winners

  The 40th Jr. Iditarod Champion was crowned three minutes past noon on Sunday of the two-day event. Andrew Nolan came onto Willow Lake with a spirited dog team. Nolan and Colby Spears had exchanged leads throughout the trip from Yentna. As he polled with the beat of the dogs, Nolan knew Colby was close …


Jr. Iditarod mushers depart Yentna Station

The Jr. Iditarod start couldn’t have been more beautiful. The clouds were low on Knik Lake as the dog trucks came in to park. The temperatures were mild with no wind. The clouds lifted, Mother Nature’s artistic beauty was revealed in the hoar frost that covered the trees all the way around the lake. Incredible …


Stage is Set for 40th Jr. Iditarod

The stage is set for the 40th Jr. Iditarod. Earlier today mushers brought their dogs in for vet check. This evening they gathered for the bib draw, pizza, cake and race rule information. It will be a baker’s dozen, thirteen mushers will take to the trail on Saturday morning. In an earlier post, six of the …