Jr. Iditarod News

Jr. Iditarod Sled Dog Race Starts Saturday, February 22 at Happy Trails Kennel in Big Lake

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Clinic for Junior Mushers

Rookie Junior Iditarod mushers attended a clinic at Iditarod Headquarters in Wasilla on Thursday evening sponsored by the Junior Iditarod Board of Directors. Speakers shared information with the young mushers based on their own experiences and expertise. While all in attendance ate pizza, veteran Junior Iditarod musher, Ben Harper, shared his perspectives on the race. …


Ten Teens Set for Junior Iditarod

Snow woes have caused officials to reroute the Junior Iditarod set to start Saturday morning, Feb 22nd at 10:00. Much of the traditional trail the juniors follow out to the Yentna Station Roadhouse is ice covered and slippery, not surprising being that it runs on the area’s winter roadways – frozen rivers. By relocating both …


Iditarod Begins with the Junior

 Ask me when Iditarod begins and I’ll reply, “The last Saturday of February.” Some ardent Iditarod fans might attempt to set me straight with, “Don’t you mean the first Saturday of March?” But no, I stand firm. Iditarod begins with the Junior Iditarod and that happens the last weekend of February. The young mushers that …


2014 Race Information

The 2014 Jr. Iditarod will be the 37th running of this 150 mile race for Jr. mushers along the Iditarod Trail.   The 2014 Race will begin at Happy Trails Kennel on Saturday, February 22. The mushers will run to the halfway point at Yentna Station Roadhouse, home of the Gabryszak family, where they will …


Thanks Lynden!

        THANKS  LYNDEN  FOR  SPONSORING  THE  JR. IDITAROD       35 years ago, in February of 1978, the very first Jr. Iditarod was run, and what an asset it has become. This race provided opportunities for the youth, ages 14 through 17, to get involved in the State sport of dog mushing. Many of …


Celebration of Success by Terrie Hanke

Mushers, parents, friends, supporters and volunteers gathered to celebrate the 2013 Junior Iditarod about 100 yards from the finish line at the Willow Community Center on Sunday evening. The banquet was a celebration of the accomplishments of the thirteen contestants who ran the 150 mile route from Knik Lake to Yentna Station to Willow Lake.Not …


The 2013 Jr. Iditarod Champion by Martha Dobson

Noah Pereira of Clarkson, NY is the 2013 Jr. Iditarod Champion. Training with Dallas Seavey since his December arrival in Alaska with his dad, Noah, Conway Seavey, and Jenny Greger raced for first place. “I left (Yentna) a few minutes after they did and caught up to them.”  Passing Greger, then Seavey, Pereira ran the …


Starter’s Impressions from Yentna Station by Terrie Hanke

For three hours, spirited teams rolled into Yentna Station on Saturday evening. After recording the time in, dogs in and bib number and then completing the bag check, I asked all the mushers the same question, “How was your run?” All thirteen mushers answered with a variation of great! I heard AWESOME, FABULOUS, AMAZING and …


13 x 13 x 13 – Off and Running by Terrie Hanke

13 x 13 x 13!  Thirteen young mushers left the start line for the 2013 Junior Iditarod while the temperature/wind chill was 13 degrees. The start from Knik Lake went off without a hitch as teams left the starting line in two-minute intervals. The morning was overcast with the temperature in the upper teens – …