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By Sierra P.

In a time when it feels like most major events are on hold, there is one that is overlooked by many, but beloved by a few: the Iditarod. Celebrating its 49th anniversary this year, the internationally renowned sled dog race is going forward despite the challenges presented by COVID-19. 

With the official start on March 6, preparations are underway to make sure that the mushers, dogs, staff, and volunteers are safe and ready to go. 

With new technology and the recent widespread adoption of live video conferencing, following the race is easier than ever. 

Embrace the cold this late winter season, and learn more about the dogs (and the humans) who do what they love:

All Things Iditarod

  • Your one-stop source for up-to-date information on Iditarod history, news, education, blogs, podcast discussions, and more! 

Meet the 2021 Mushers

  • A full record of the participants this year, with profiles on contestants, as well as who has dropped out.

Dog Care

  • Dog safety and health is at the core of the sport and legacy of the Iditarod. Learn for yourself more about sled dog care, race procedures, and training. Blog posts and FAQs answer your burning questions such as: “don’t their paws get cold?!

COVID-19 safety, regulations, and race changes

  • It is not without great caution and consideration for safety that the Iditarod is being conducted this year. After all, the original race was inspired by the dog sled trail used to bring aid to the diphtheria outbreak in Nome, Alaska. Read the briefing and full plan here.

Iditarod EDU

  • Looking for teaching resources? Activities? Ever heard about “Musher Trading Cards”? It’s all here and more, designed for students and educators across the globe.

Jr. Iditarod 

  • That’s right, there’s a whole separate race for those under 18. Watch these amazing kids as they demonstrate skill, grit, and determination as they compete this year starting February 27.

    Cultural History and Indigenous Impact:

    Iditarod & More @ EVPL

    Remember, the race isn’t over when the finish line is crossed for the first time. The race is only over when every musher and dog are back safe and accounted for. 

    Sierra P.

    Sierra P.


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