Iditarod Trail Committee

KUAC's Dan Bross talks with Alaska Center for Climate Assessment and Policy climate specialist Rick Thoman about Iditarod weather history. 

Mackey Comeback

Dec 7, 2018
Emily Schwing / KUAC

Lance Mackey is registered for the 2019 Iditarod. The 4 time Iditarod and Yukon Quest winner from Fairbanks has had a few rough years since his run of championships ended in 2010. A cancer survivor approaching 50, some might have assumed Mackey was done with long distance mushing, but as KUAC’s Dan Bross reports, the former champ is making another comeback.

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Updated: The Iditarod Trail Committee on Friday announced this year's race will restart beginning at 11 a.m. Monday at the starting line on Hoselton Road, near Pike’s Waterfront Lodge.

Organizers of this year’s Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race and their local partners will wait until Friday to announce the starting point of this year’s course. Plan A is to start at Pike’s Landing on the Chena River at 11 a.m. Monday. If the ice isn’t safe enough, Plan B is to start it nearby, on Hoselton Road. But one thing is certain: a stretch of Airport Way will be closed for several hours Monday.

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It was a father-and-son finish this morning to the 2015 Iditarod – the first time that’s ever happened in the 43-year history of the 1,000-mile race across Alaska.

Dan Bross / KUAC

The Iditarod has changed its plan for the Fairbanks re-start. As KUAC’s Dan Bross reports, this winter’s warm weather that forced the re-start north from Anchorage is also causing problems in Fairbanks.

Iditarod Trail Invitational

A cyclist has set a new record in the 350 mile Iditarod Trail Invitational human powered race. KUAC’s Dan Bross reports.

Iditarod restart relocated to Fairbanks

Feb 11, 2015

Dawson City, YK - The Iditarod Trail Committee’s board of directors decided Tuesday to relocate the start of this year’s 1000 mile sled dog race from Willow north to Fairbanks citing lack of snow and trail conditions that mimic the rough-and-tumble route mushers followed last year.

Yukon Quest Archive

  Fairbanks, AK - Champion distance musher Jeff King of Denali plans to return to the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race next February.  It’s been a quarter century since he’s run that race.  in 2015, he’ll face a three-time defending champion, a rule change regarding rest times and mandatory stops and number of young, upcoming mushers. 

It’s been 25 year’s since Jeff King has driven a dog team on the 1000 mile trail between Fairbanks and Whitehorse. King announced via Facebook he plans to make a comeback in February. 


Big Rule Change Comes to the Yukon Quest

Jul 8, 2014
Emily Schwing / KUAC

Fairbanks, AK - The Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race will have a new set of rules in 2015.  Overall rest time has been decreased by two hours, but mushers will be required to make more mandatory stops along the 1000 mile trail.

Driving a dog team between Fairbanks and Whitehorse used to take 12 days or more, but in the last few years the fastest sled dogs have completed the run in just over nine days.  Eureka musher Brent Sass says the addition of more mandatory stops fundamentally alters the race. “It’s huge. It’s huge.  It’s a huge change!” he exclaims.

Iditarod 42 Most Certainly One of the Toughest

Mar 12, 2014
Emily Schwing / KUAC

Nome, AK - This year’s Iditarod is not only record-breaking, it may have broken some mushers as well. The 42 annual race will not soon be forgotten.  It’s being called on of the toughest in the race’s history.