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Iditarod coverage in the Star…



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39 years ago...

“Dog Races To Nome Will Be ‘Tough’ Says Local Man Who Covered Trail” was the headline in an item on page 15 of the March 1, 1973 Star. According to the story, George Smock, 83, of Lower Peters Creek made several trips up the old Iditarod mining trail in the early 1900s. According to the story, Smock said the mushers heading out for the first Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race from Anchorage to Nome would be in for a “tough one,” out on the trail.

 

38 years ago...

Iditarod mushers Herbie Nayokpuk and Isaac Okleasik were featured on a story on page 5 of the Feb. 28, 1974 Star. Both men were training for the upcoming Iditarod race in the area and staying with the Bowles family of Birchwood.

 

29 years ago...

Susan Butcher was the first musher to arrive in Eagle River for the 1983 Iditarod. By virtue of having the fastest run from Anchorage, Butcher would be the first musher to leave for Nome from a restart in Settlers Bay, according to a front-page photo in the March 10, 1983 Chugiak-Eagle River Star.

 

10 years ago...

Junior Iditarod champion Cali King was the first musher to arrive at Checkpoint No. 1 at VFW Post 9785 in Eagle River following the run from Anchorage for the ceremonial start of the 2002 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. Behind King, 64 adult mushers made the 9-mile trip from the city and were greeted by large crowds, as seen in a photo spread that appeared on pages 14-15 of the March 7, 2002 Alaska Star.

Little did race fans know that they were getting their last first-hand glimpse of “The Last Great Race on Earth.”

 

8 years ago...

Several uninformed race fans were pictured on page 1 of the March 11, 2004 Star standing at Checkpoint No. 1 alongside the Glenn Highway in Eagle River. Icy trail conditions between Anchorage and Eagle River had forced a third consecutive cancellation of the ceremonial run from the big city, but some fans hadn’t heard the news and showed up at VFW Post 9785 anyway.

 

7 years ago...

Iditarod officials announced – for the fourth consecutive year – that the ceremonial run from Anchorage to Eagle River would be canceled due to poor trail conditions, according to a story on page 17 of the March 3, 2005 Star. That same year, the restart was moved from Wasilla to Willow.

After so many cancelations, race officials said that the ceremonial start would no longer run to Eagle River for the forseeable future. Mushers haven’t made the run to Eagle River since 2002.

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