Wednesday, March 13, 2024

Now is no time to stop!

"The winner came in, why are you still posting about Iditarod?"

While the Iditarod is first and foremost a race to see who can finish first, it's a feat many of us will never even attempt much less achieve. And, just like after the Superbowl we immediately start talking about Free Agency and the Draft, Iditarod does not end just because there is a winner.

There are currently seven teams sitting in Nome, finished with the task, and there are three more charging down the home stretch to make up the top ten. No, seriously, Otto and Kaiser are pretty neck and neck on the GPS tracker and Jessie Royer ain't too far behind! 

behind them are 22 teams making their way. Each one has their own reason for running the Iditarod. They all have their stories of overcoming obstacles just to get to the starting line. All of them have a deep love and bond with the dogs in front of their sled. 

All are worth following to the end. There are races within the race and there are stories of overcoming adversity. Why would we just stop at one story when there are so many behind it?

Good luck to all of the teams currently out on the trail. We're here cheering you all into Nome!


  1. Ellen Arnold ("montana rose")March 13, 2024 at 9:56 AM

    Toni, thanks for posting the current kennels roster -- I had some, but not all, of the contact info so this catches me up. And -- because you probably don't have enough to do with your time these days 🙄 -- I'd love to ask you another favor. Do you have (or have a link to) a complete list of the race sponsors? I'm always grateful to see so many of them hangin in there, but I have a feeling that many of them will be feeling the heat this year from They-Who-Shall-Not-Be-Named; so I'd like to let them know that some of us appreciate and thank them for their support of the race and the sport.

    1. I haven't looked at the list yet this year, but does have the full list of sponsors on its page.

      And they do have a way to send a note to them via the website (I don't remember seeing this option before!)