Jr. Iditarod News

Junior Board Relocates 2015 Start

After landing in Anchorage early this week, the real deal of NO SNOW is staring me right in the face. There’s no snow! It’s been warm and it’s even rained so that lakes aren’t looking too solidly frozen either. Driving north to Wasilla doesn’t improve the situation. I even heard someone comment, “Our winter is …


Eye on the Trail: Junior Iditarod has First Entrants

Registration for the 2015 Junior Iditarod opened on the last Saturday of June at Iditarod Headquarters in Wasilla. While adult mushers signed up for the 1,000 mile trip to Nome on one end of the table, teens between the ages of 14 and 17 signed up for the 150 mile round trip race on the …


2015 Jr. Iditarod Race Information

For information about the 2015 Jr. Iditarod, feel free to contact jpotts@iditarod.com. Entries for 2015 will be open on June 28 in conjunction with the annual Iditarod volunteer picnic.


Celebration of Success for 2014 Juniors

The thrill is not in victory but in the courage to join the race! Nowhere could this be more evident than at the Junior Iditarod banquet. These young mushers dreamed one day of running dogs. Later they dreamed of camping with their dogs. Even later these juniors dreamed of racing. They DARED to dream and …


All Juniors into Happy Trails

From the Yentna Station end of the Junior Iditarod, it was clear that the race would come down to the wire and it did. Conway Seavey left the layover stop two-minutes ahead of Ben Harper, his closest competitor. IAF planes aren’t air born before daylight so there was little chance that Yentna officials would see …


Seavey wins the Jr. Iditarod

Jr. Iditarod press release WINNER


All Junior Teams Depart Yentna

With ninety-four sled dogs parked at the Yentna Station Roadhouse on the big bend of the Yentna River, the silence of the bush country was anything but silent. Likened to a slumber party or teenage lock in for canine athletes, there was lots of barking and howling. First the dogs greeted each new team that …


Teens Arrive at Yentna Station for Layover

Conway Seavey drove a smart looking team off the Yentna River into the checkpoint at 4 minutes before four o’clock this afternoon. Right on the tails of his sled runners was Jimmy Lanier arriving at 2 minutes past 4:00. Ben Harper was in at 16:10 followed by younger brother Kevin at 16:19. Do some quick …


Picture Perfect Start for the Juniors

Junior Iditarod started this morning in nearly picture perfect conditions! Buser’s Happy Trails Kennel graciously offered their facility and it was a perfect setting for the start. The dog trucks arrived and parked in a circle a hundred or so yards from the start banner. From there the teams took off over Gretsky Lake to …


Teens Attend Musher Meeting

Junior Iditarod mushers attended the mandatory musher meeting on race eve at Iditarod Headquarters. Ten Teen mushers has no evolved into nine Teen mushers as Joan Klejka from Bethel has withdrawn from the race. Richard Plack the long time Junior Iditarod Trail Boss explained the trail markings to the Teens. The trail will be well …