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Musher’s journey from feeding sled dogs to winning Iditarod

As a young boy with a passion for sled dog racing, Pete Kaiser started out feeding the animals for a competitor before going on to win the Iditarod Trail Sled …


French musher loses Iditarod lead when dogs quit

French musher Nicolas Petit looked like he was in solid control of the world’s most famous sled dog race and about to erase a year of doubts and second-guessing after …


Frenchman maintains lead in Alaska’s Iditarod

A Frenchman continues to lead this year’s Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. Nicolas Petit was the first musher Saturday to leave the checkpoint in Eagle Island, about 592 miles (953 …


Veteran musher Aliy Zirkle takes lead in Alaska’s Iditarod

Veteran musher Aliy Zirkle is leading in Alaska’s Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. She is seeking to become the first woman to win in nearly three decades. Zirkle is a …


UPDATED: Tue., March 5, 2019

Norwegian maintains Iditarod lead, loses out on beaver mitts

Norwegian musher Joar Ulsom retakes the lead in the world’s most famous sled dog race. But he missed out on a pair of mitts made out of beaver and a …


Frenchman turned Alaskan leads in the early stages of Iditarod

ANCHORAGE, Alaska – A French man who saw the Iditarod slip from his grasp when he got lost in a blizzard last year is again leading the world’s most famous …


Big crowds cheer kick off of Alaska’s famed Iditarod race

Big crowds converged on Alaska’s largest city Saturday as hundreds of dogs and their humans kicked off the 47th running of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog race with a ceremonial …


Iditarod champion’s dream started small – with little dogs

The champion of this year’s Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race dreamed of the moment since he was a boy growing up in Norway. Joar Ulsom watched videos of the world’s …


Norwegian musher leads the Iditarod at the halfway point

A reduced purse means a smaller paycheck for the winner of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. The winner is expected to receive about $50,000, which is significantly reduced from …


Iditarod musher claims race official threatened him

Alleged intimidation is another black mark for the Iditarod, Alaska’s long-distance sled dog race already reeling from a dog doping scandal, loss of a major sponsor and increased pressure from …


UPDATED: Sat., March 3, 2018

Iditarod race kicks off with ceremonial start

Cheering fans lined the streets of Alaska’s largest city as mushers and their dogs took a short sprint through town Saturday for the ceremonial start of the Iditarod Trail Sled …


Doping scandal roils another sport: Dogsledding

The world’s most famous dog sled race was dealt another blow from a doping scandal that follows the loss of major sponsors, numerous dog deaths and pressure from animal rights …


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 18, 2017

Dogs test positive for drugs in Alaska’s Iditarod

For the first time in the history of the world’s most famous sled dog race, several of the high-performance animals have tested positive for a prohibited drug. But race officials …


Norman Chad: Iditarod doesn’t play out from dog’s perspective

I love dogs – Toni will tell you I don’t need a wife by my side, I just need a Weimaraner – and every year, my favorite column to write …


Mitch Seavey becomes oldest, fastest musher to win Iditarod

Mitch Seavey won his third Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Tuesday, becoming the fastest and oldest champion at age 57 and helping cement his family’s position as mushing royalty.


Check out Tuffy’s take on the 45th Iditarod

They’re running out of snow, so “The Last Great Race on Earth” might be down to its last race soon.


Iditarod dogs reach checkpoint without their dozing musher

Add sleep to the already long list of hazards in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. A video posted on the official race website shows a dog team that arrived …


Veteran leads Iditarod as mushers jockey for lead

Mushers are jockeying for the early lead in the world’s most famous sled dog race. Wade Marrs, a 26-year-old veteran musher who had his highest finish at fourth last year, …


Howls, high-fives mark start of Iditarod race across Alaska

Mushers pumped their fists and high-fived fans Monday as they set out one-by-one on the world’s most famous sled dog race, a nearly 1,000-mile trek through the grueling Alaska wilderness.


Fan-friendly event kicks off Iditarod race across Alaska

The sounds of howling dogs filled downtown Anchorage, Alaska, as the ceremonial start of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race for underway Saturday. About 2,000 dogs belonging to the teams …


Dallas Seavey chases elusive 5th title as Iditarod starts Saturday

A champion musher eyes an elite status, non-Alaska like weather continues to play havoc and competitors for the first time will carry cell or satellite phones in cases of emergencies. …


Iditarod snowmobiler, 76, savors Alaska experience

A couple of weeks ago when we checked in on Bob Jones, the Kettle Falls snowmobiler was in Alaska patching his bruised ego after crashing his machine twice on his …


Dallas Seavey wins third straight Iditarod

Dallas Seavey did more with less this year at the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.


No extra security planned as Iditarod nears Nome finish

No extra security is planned at the finish line of the world’s most famous sled dog race, just days after a man on a snowmobile purposely drove at a high …


26-year-old man arrested in connection with Iditarod crashes

A man suspected of intentionally driving a snowmobile into teams of two mushers near the front of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race was arrested Saturday in a Yukon River …


Outpeople: Washington snowmobiler can’t get enough of Iditarod Trail

For the 16th time, Robert Jones, 76, of Kettle Falls is on a snowmobile touring the Iditarod Trail just ahead of the famous 1,400-mile Alaska sled dog race. He’s already …


Couch Slouch: Tuffy tells it like it is on Iditarod Trail

It’s called “The Last Great Race on Earth” – no, not the Republican presidential quest – and as the arduous Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race treks on, Tuffy the Snow …


Mushers set off from Alaska town as Iditarod race begins

The world’s most famous sled dog race began Sunday, with mushers leaving the town of Willow in the competitive start of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.


Doggone weather: Train full of snow arrives to aid Iditarod

Alaska’s largest city is so hungry for snow, organizers of the famous Iditarod sled dog race were forced to ship tons of it by train Thursday and dramatically shorten the …


Dallas Seavey wins Iditarod in year marked by uncertainty

NOME, Alaska – If ever there was uncertainty about the outcome of the world’s most famous sled dog race, it was this year. Warm weather and a lack of snow …