Posts by Terrie Hanke

Eye on the Trail: Jr. Iditarod Honors Stan Hecker

The ever good natured and resourceful Stan Hecker has been named as the Jr. Iditarod Honorary Musher for the 39th running of the race.  It was only by chance that Hecker came to Iditarod as a volunteer. He came to Alaska in March of 1999 to visit high school classmates.  Those friends happened to live …


Eye on the Trail: Jr. Iditarod Mushers Draw Bib Numbers

Ten Jr. Iditarod mushers drew their bib numbers on Friday evening at Iditarod Headquarters.  The Juniors will take to the trail on February 27th from the Willow Community Center at 10:00. The teens, ages 14 – 17 will run 75 miles out to Yentna Station Roadhouse.  The roadhouse, run by the Gabryszak family, has been …


Eye on the Trail: Jr. Iditarod Vet Check

Jr. Iditarod mushers brought their dogs to Iditarod Headquarters in Wasilla for vet check on Friday morning.  They were greeted by veterinarians Phil Meyer of Wasilla and Jayne Hempstead of Cantwell.  Both vets have a long history with the Jr. Iditarod. Dr. Phil who practices at the Wasilla Vet Clinic said he’s been with the …


Eye on the Junior: 2016 Race Has First Entries

The annual Iditarod Picnic marks the first day for Iditarod sign up, as well as the first day Junior Iditarod contestants can sign up.  Along with their families, a couple of Junior Iditarod veterans came out to enjoy the great food prepared by Iditarod sponsor, Golden Corral, and then officially entered the 150-mile two-day Junior …


Eye on the Trail: Harper wins Junior by Two Minutes

The Junior Iditarod mushers have all crossed the finish line at mile 132 of the Denali Highway. The race was moved north from Willow to Cantwell after conditions were deemed to icy to run the tradition round trip route to Yentna Station. The trail conditions were primo, temperatures comfortable and scenery was splendid including northern …


Eye on the Trail: All Juniors at Layover

March 1st and the start of the Junior Iditarod was the kind of day that makes folks who are visiting Alaska want to stay for the rest of their lives. Crisp, sunny and windless with the temperatures eventually rising into the 20’s. The action for the Junior Iditarod began at 8:00 in the morning when …


Eye on the Trail: Heading North to Cantwell

Well, if you’re into checking Map Quest the distance from Anchorage to Cantwell is listed as 210 miles taking about 3 and a half hours. As visibility decreased coming out of Anchorage and snow flurries blew across the road, we knew the miles would seem longer and the time would be more than predicted. After …


Eye on the Trail: Junior Bibs Drawn

Mushers drew their bib numbers tonight for the 38th running of the Junior Iditarod. Parents, board members and volunteers were on hand to share in the festivities of the pizza party and musher meeting. Mushers drew their bib number in the order they signed up for the race. Six rookies and five veterans will take …


Eye on the Trial: Junior Rookies hear from Experts

Junior Iditarod Rookies gathered at Iditarod Headquarters in Wasilla for their Rookie Meeting on Thursday evening prior to the race. A variety of presenters talked about every thing from dog care to ski poles. As has been a tradition for many Junior Iditarod Rookie meetings, Dr. Jayne Hempstead discussed dog care. She emphasized that winning …


Junior Honors Jayne Hempstead, DVM

Junior Iditarod is her passion and this year Jayne Hempstead, DVM has been honored for her dedication to the race and the young mushers. The Junior Iditarod Board of Directors chose Hempstead to wear Bib 1 for the start of the Junior race. Hempstead could take her own team of sled dogs down the trail …