Ben Matheson, KNOM - Nome

Ben Matheson is a contributor with the Alaska Public Radio Network.

‘It’s a dream position’: Norwegian musher Waerner leads Iditarod teams up the coast

For being first to the coast on Sunday, Thomas Waerner earned $2,000 worth of gold nuggets. But, more importantly, he was in a full five hours in front of the next team.

John Schandelmeier says he’s learning along with his dogs after entering the Iditarod in a last-minute switch with his wife

Some Iditarod sled dog teams were already on the trail last week when John Schandelmeier decided to run this year’s race to Nome. It might be the latest musher swap in race history.

It’s sleep, eat and repeat in Takotna as Iditarod teams take their 24-hour breaks

The mushers and their sled dogs banked rest and calories during their longest rest of the race.

Rest day: Iditarod teams start parking in checkpoints for their day-long layovers

With more than a quarter of the trail behind them, some teams in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog were parked at checkpoints on Wednesday, taking their required daylong breaks.

LISTEN: This couple moved to McGrath and now runs its only restaurant

The roadhouse in the community of about 300 people has many roles: It’s an Iditarod logistics hub, community center and a burger stop.

Meet 4 Iditarod rookies who say they’re putting years of training to the test

Among the 57 mushers, a dozen are rookies competing in the Iditarod for the first time.

Pete Kaiser arrives in Bethel, wins fifth Kuskokwim 300 title

Kaiser arrived in Bethel at 8:46 a.m. on Sunday, Jan. 19, with a team of nine dogs.

Iditarod mushers react to rules reducing max dog team size from 16 to 14

Iditarod mushers racing their dogs to Nome this year are doing it with a smaller team on the gangline. The race reduced the maximum team size from 16 to 14. This means quite a bit for race strategies, speeds and the trade-offs that mushers face as they travel across Alaska.

This year, about one in five Iditarod mushers is new to the race

In addition to the field’s hyper-competitive slate of five past champions, nearly one in five Iditarod mushers this year is new to the race.
A woman is dressed in a parka and winter hat with her hand up.

‘Incredibly competitive’ as mushers begin 47th running of the Iditarod

The 47th running of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race is underway. 52 dog teams sped out of Willow Sunday afternoon for the 1000-mile race to Nome. 

Pete Kaiser wins fourth consecutive Kuskokwim 300

Pete Kaiser won his fourth consecutive Kuskokwim 300 title Sunday morning, arriving in Bethel shortly after 9:00 a.m. Listen now

Mitch Seavey leads Iditarod to Nome – and says he’s not done yet

Iditarod musher Mitch Seavey won the 2017 race in record time Tuesday afternoon. The Seward musher’s team ran a blistering pace from Fairbanks along winding rivers, tundra and sea ice to Nome. But the veteran musher is looking forward to achieving new levels of dog team performance in the peak of his career. Listen now

Late Iditarod Volunteer in Kaltag receives Nayokpuk Award

The Iditarod is honoring a late longtime race volunteer in Kaltag with the Herbie Nayokpuk Spirit of the Iditarod Award. Listen now

The rich mushing legacy of Huslia

Huslia is hosting the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race for the second time ever. The Interior village is rich in mushing history as it is the home of the late sprint champion musher George Attla Junior and other top names in Alaska dog racing. And as elite teams pass through the home of mushing royalty, local dog drivers are looking ahead to the next generation of mushers. Listen now

Mitch Seavey is first to Huslia

Iditarod racer Mitch Seavey is the first musher to reach the halfway checkpoint of Huslia. The two-time champion was the first to leave Galena early Thursday and arrived in Huslia more than 80 miles up the trail at 8:18 p.m. A big crowd lined the main street to welcome in Seavey.

Push or pause? Near Iditarod’s mid-point, mushers decide when to rest

It’s break time on the Iditarod trail, as teams hunker down for 24 hours of uninterrupted rest along the Yukon River or consider pushing down the trail to a later checkpoint. As the race approaches the halfway point mushers try to plan how to get the most from their tactical breaks. Listen now

Wade Marrs leads Iditarod 2017 into Ruby

Wade Marrs led two past champions into the Ruby checkpoint last night in the 2017 Iditarod. 350 miles into the trail, the racing is underway as teams plot their next moves along hundreds of winding miles on the Yukon River.

Mushers hit Tanana, weighing rests; as first to the Yukon, Petit feasts

Iditarod mushers reached the Yukon River last night at Tanana. Teams are ready to launch their race plans as the 8-hour and 24-hour rest periods come into view. But first, they must run the longest stretch of the race between checkpoints and make it through the early race with their teams intact.

Mushers adjust to deep cold near Manley Hot Springs

During the first night of this year’s Iditarod, teams endured frigid temperatures on the Tanana River to reach the second checkpoint of Manley Hot Springs. Teams are adjusting to the deep cold and preparing to push to the Yukon River, where the race will unfold. Listen now

Ryan Redington will be first musher on 2017 Iditarod Trail

Ryan Redington will be the first musher to hit the trail Monday morning in this year’s Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. The grandson of Iditarod race founder Joe Redington, Sr., the younger Redington pulled bib #2 from a mukluk at the Iditarod Mushers’ Drawing Banquet Thursday night. Listen now