Competition is Fierce Among Iditarod Women

Mar 4, 2013
Scott Chesney /

Anchorage, AK - There are currently four women running among the top twenty in this year’s Iditarod.  This year’s race could be both extremely fast and extremely competitive. 

Emily Schwing / KUAC

Willow, AK - The 41st running of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race got underway over the weekend with the ceremonial start in Anchorage on Saturday and an official restart of the race in Willow Sunday.  This year’s race has drawn six returning champions, plus a host of other fiercely competitive teams. 

Josh Spice / friend of KUAC

Fairbanks, AK -  Bikers obliterated a previous course record in this year’s Idiatrod Trail Invitational.  The first riders pedaled across the finish line Wednesday morning to complete the 350 mile race between Knik and McGrath.  Four of the race’s top five finishers this year are all cyclists from Alaska. 

Jay Petervary beat out three competitive rookies and one very experienced veteran to win this year’s Iditarod Trail Invitational.  This is Petervary’s sixth ITI and his first win.   “I didn’t sleep at all and I didn’t spend an hour at any checkpoint,” he said sleepily.

Mackey's on his way to yet another Comeback

Jan 9, 2013

Fairbanks, AK- An early season win for Four-time Yukon Quest and Iditarod Champion Lance Mackey has the Fairbanks musher in good spirits.  Mackey says his kennel is once again living up to its name and making a ‘Comeback.’

Albert Lewis

Fairbanks, AK - Photographer Albert Lewis never thought much of mushing.  He lived in Anchorage for three years before he made his way to the ceremonial start of the Iditarod.  “I was pessimistic against the race," he says, "thinking that the handling of the dogs was not fair or perhaps not even nice and I was completely blown away.  These dogs were completely in their element.” Over the past year, Lewis has traveled Alaska, photographing more than 300 of the state’s best known sled dogs.

Sheep Mountain 150 Succumbs to Lack of Snow

Dec 11, 2012
Sheep Mountain Lodge

Fairbanks, AK - The mushing season is in full throttle by now, but with a lack of snow, Mushers are starting to wonder how their racing season will shake out.   On Monday, organizers announced the cancelation of the Sheep Mountain 150, favorite mid-distance race in south-central.  It's not be the only sled dog race to succumb to this year’s weather.

A Sit-Down With Lance Mackey

Feb 7, 2012
Emily Schwing / KUAC

Dawson City, YK - A demoralized and disappointed Lance Mackey pulled his dog team into Dawson this morning and voluntarily scratched from the Yukon Quest.  “Apparently I’m gonna have as many bad years in a row, as I had good years in a row.”