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An anthology of stories, photos and art by those who helped shape the first decade of Alaska's Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.
An anthology of stories, photos and art by those who helped shape the first decade of Alaska's Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.
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Title Page by Jon Van Zyle
Title Page by Jon Van Zyle
Joe Redington, Sr., the Visionary by Jo Wood.  Photo by Rob Stapleton.
Joe Redington, Sr., the Visionary by Jo Wood. Photo by Rob Stapleton.
Our editors Gail Phillips and Jo Crane at work with the help of Scott and Jace Griffith.
Our editors Gail Phillips and Jo Crane at work with the help of Scott and Jace Griffith.
The first gathering of the Old Iditarod Gang at the home of Jules and Leslie Mead in Wasilla, Alaska. Don Honea, Martin Buser, DeeDee Jonrowe, Gaye Crawford, Bill Crawford and Gail Phillips.
The first gathering of the Old Iditarod Gang at the home of Jules and Leslie Mead in Wasilla, Alaska. Don Honea, Martin Buser, DeeDee Jonrowe, Gaye Crawford, Bill Crawford and Gail Phillips.
Our meeting in Nome to start work on the book back in September, 2010.
Our meeting in Nome to start work on the book back in September, 2010.
Old Iditarod Gang meet at Sonny Lindner and Gina Tabachki's home in Two Rivers, Alaska in September 2010.
Old Iditarod Gang meet at Sonny Lindner and Gina Tabachki's home in Two Rivers, Alaska in September 2010.
Some of the Old Iditarod Gang gathered in Talkeetna in September, 2012 to share stories and celebrate Dick Mackey's 80th birthday!  Photo by Donna Quante.
Some of the Old Iditarod Gang gathered in Talkeetna in September, 2012 to share stories and celebrate Dick Mackey's 80th birthday! Photo by Donna Quante.

Iditarod®: The First Ten Years will be released in January, but should you wish to make the book and some of these wonderful rewards a holiday gift, we’d be pleased to send you custom gift cards to send ahead. JUST BE SURE TO LET US KNOW.  After you have made your pledge, you can email us at: oldiditarodgang@gmail.com.

In March 2010, a group of old friends who’d been involved in the formative years of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race® were reminiscing, sharing and laughing over some unforgettable stories. In no time, a great idea blossomed: Let’s collect all these great stories, along with photos and art, to chronicle and celebrate the early years of the race. The planning started with a few gatherings—Iditarod family reunions—around the state. People met and talked up the idea in Wasilla, Two Rivers, Trapper Creek, Talkeetna, and Nome. The response was overwhelming. Mushers, volunteers, race officials, ITC board members, writers, photographers, journalists, filmmakers and artists—many of the folks who helped shape the Last Great Race® were in! And now, in the spirit of the old Iditarod, we have compiled this wonderful book of memories . . . and of thanks. 

Sure it was fun, but it was also a massive undertaking, five years in the making. Finally, all the pieces have come together, thanks to more than one hundred contributors. Iditarod®: The First Ten Years has captured the magic of those early days in words, art, and photos. Here’s how:

The Anchorage Daily News (now Alaska Dispatch News) opened their archives, and we mined some gems. The ADN had acquired the Anchorage Times photos years earlier, and we were able to access images by such extraordinary photographers as Henry Peck, Alice Puster, Fran Durner, and Rob Stapleton, the first official photographer for the Iditarod Runner. Photographer Frank Flavin joined us, donating many excellent photos. We were also able to use Bill Devine's historical photos, thanks to Dale Myers, as well as images from early race photographers Richard Burmeister and Jim Brown. Official Iditarod Photographer for the past thirty-plus years, Jeff Schultz shared his early work with us as well as newer images of the "youngsters" who have Iditarod DNA in the blood and are carrying on the racing tradition today.

Thanks to Audra Forsgren and her extraordinary scrapbooks of news clippings, photos and letters (started in Ophir back in 1973), Howard and Julie Farley's collection of Nome memorabilia, and Walt and Gail Phillips' treasures, we have pages from newspapers such as the Nome Nugget, London Daily Mail, the Anchorage Times, the Anchorage Daily News and the Tundra Times—stories and photos that would have otherwise been lost.

The official artist of the Iditarod, Jon Van Zyle, donated his art, both original paintings never seen before, as well as his well-loved Iditarod posters and prints. Jon and his wife Jona have worked closely with us these past five years. Other artists who generously contributed their works include Rose Albert, Sandra May, Sissy Kotongan, Moses "Aksuq" Wassilie and Angela Orman Hansen

Early on, musher and writer Joe May joined us, and he chipped in several spellbinding stories. And journalists and writers Slim Randles, Pam Randles, Tim Jones, Shelley Gill, Frank Gerjevic, and Kyle Hopkins joined the team to write stories about their days on the trail and the legendary people they came to know.

Mushers whose names are now household words shared their rookie years with us. The stories of the first decade champions—Dick Wilmarth, Carl Huntington, Emmitt Peters, Jerry Riley, Rick Swenson, Dick Mackey, and Joe May—are told by the writing team of Gerjevic and Jones. Their stories capture not only the men, but the time, place, and dogs.

We have not overlooked the dogs! Patty Friend, Donna Gentry Massay, and Jona Van Zyle teamed up to bring us stories and photos of some of the amazing canine athletes who captured our hearts.

Ken Chase and Piper
Ken Chase and Piper

Early volunteers and race officials tell how they worked to get the race off the ground and keep it going. Yes, old Joe Sr. was the driving force, but as Joee Redington once said, "My dad might have been the lead dog, but he had one hell of a dog team behind him." And that in a nutshell, is our story.

We assembled a very talented team to help: Tricia Brown served as our Editor; Elizabeth Watson designed a beautiful book, and Dick Owsiany was our invaluable Production Manager, working with William Campbell. Gail Phillips, Jo Crane, Anne Patch Winters, and Raine Hall Rawlins are our Associate Editors, and Frank Flavin was our Photo Editor.

The book is ready to go to press. And now we need your help to fund the remaining costs of printing and shipping the book. With your help, we can meet these worthy goals:

• Put Iditarod®: The First Ten Years in every Alaskan school.                    

• Make the book available at discount to teachers worldwide who are affiliated with the Iditarod® Trail Sled Dog Race Education Department and the Iditarod® Teacher on the Trail program.                     

• Give a portion of the proceeds to the Iditarod Foundation, earmarked for the race veterinarians and dog care.

How can you help? Simply choose a giving level from the list at right. With each level, we’ll say thank you through special rewards, many including your complimentary copy of the book.

We’re all pulling in the same direction. Won’t you hop on the runners?

BOOK DETAILS:

Content: 50% photos/art and 50 % text

Trim: 11.75" x 10.5"

Format: Landscape

Pages: 424

Paper: 100# matte coated with printed endsheets

Binding: Hardbound plus dust jacket

Text: Approximately 198,000 words plus sidebars

Photos: Approximately 416 full-color and black and white photographs

Color Illustrations: Approximately 95

Retail price Standard Edition:  $59.95

Retail price Deluxe Limited Edition of 250 Leather bound, signed and numbered: $150

Retail Price Super Deluxe Limited Edition of 50 Leather bound in slip case, signed and numbered with a Jon Van Zyle-Frank Flavin collaborative print especially created for the book: $250

Here is a sample page from the Champions chapter:

Here is an example of what a page from our book will look like. This is the story of Carl Huntington by Tim Jones.
Here is an example of what a page from our book will look like. This is the story of Carl Huntington by Tim Jones.

 If we achieve our goal and cover our printing costs, we have pledged to donate a percentage of any proceeds to the Iditarod Race Foundation, earmarked for the Race veterinarians for dog care. Please help us do this!

A NOTE ON THE REWARDS

As with all aspects of our book, we wanted to honor the Race and the historic Iditarod Trail to Nome every step of the way. You will notice most of the rewards are named after a checkpoint or a spot along the trail. Just like all who enter the Race, our goal is to reach all the checkpoints between Anchorage and Nome. See you on down the trail!

Here are some of the great rewards our contributors have so generously offered to help us make this book a reality:

This mini print,"Firelit Musher" by Jon Van Zyle is one of our many wonderful rewards available to you on the right.  Find Checkpoint Ophir!
This mini print,"Firelit Musher" by Jon Van Zyle is one of our many wonderful rewards available to you on the right. Find Checkpoint Ophir!
One of our rewards, "Safety" features an overnight stay at the Sterling, Alaska home of Al and Jo Crane above the Kenai River. Come fishing with us!
One of our rewards, "Safety" features an overnight stay at the Sterling, Alaska home of Al and Jo Crane above the Kenai River. Come fishing with us!
Alaska's Official Balladeer, Hobo Jim sings his Iditarod Trail song with Susan Butcher many years ago at the Alaska State Fair.  Hobo has donated one of his CD's as a reward. Find it at checkpoints Hobo Jim and Iditarod!
Alaska's Official Balladeer, Hobo Jim sings his Iditarod Trail song with Susan Butcher many years ago at the Alaska State Fair. Hobo has donated one of his CD's as a reward. Find it at checkpoints Hobo Jim and Iditarod!
This beautiful Fred Machetanz print, "Reaching the Pass" is one of our rewards. It is signed by the first ten Iditarod champions. Look for the reward "Cape Nome".
This beautiful Fred Machetanz print, "Reaching the Pass" is one of our rewards. It is signed by the first ten Iditarod champions. Look for the reward "Cape Nome".
Our contributor Tony Oney and son Tony have donated two helifishing/sightseeing trips in their Bell Jet Rangers!  Go to the reward NOME!
Our contributor Tony Oney and son Tony have donated two helifishing/sightseeing trips in their Bell Jet Rangers! Go to the reward NOME!
Jon Van Zyle has donated this original acrylic painting of the Iditarod Trail for a reward. It is featured in the book.  Look for the reward "Farley's Camp" on the right.
Jon Van Zyle has donated this original acrylic painting of the Iditarod Trail for a reward. It is featured in the book. Look for the reward "Farley's Camp" on the right.
This 1981 Iditarod poster featuring mushers Joe May, Emmitt Peters and Rick Swenson by photographers Fran Durner and Frank Flavin is one of our rewards. Find checkpoints Skwentna and Ruby!
This 1981 Iditarod poster featuring mushers Joe May, Emmitt Peters and Rick Swenson by photographers Fran Durner and Frank Flavin is one of our rewards. Find checkpoints Skwentna and Ruby!
See you in Nome!  Photo by Rob Stapleton
See you in Nome! Photo by Rob Stapleton
This is the the Jon Van Zyle - Frank Flavin limited edition print that accompanies the Super deluxe edition! Look for the $265 Reward "Checkpoint Shaktoolik" or the $5,000 Reward "Nome"!
This is the the Jon Van Zyle - Frank Flavin limited edition print that accompanies the Super deluxe edition! Look for the $265 Reward "Checkpoint Shaktoolik" or the $5,000 Reward "Nome"!
This is the brand new 2015 Iditarod poster by the official Iditarod artist, Jon Van Zyle. We are featuring it as a special reward to accompany a pledge for $115 (Checkpoint Salmon River) or a pledge for $880 (Solomon Roadhouse)
This is the brand new 2015 Iditarod poster by the official Iditarod artist, Jon Van Zyle. We are featuring it as a special reward to accompany a pledge for $115 (Checkpoint Salmon River) or a pledge for $880 (Solomon Roadhouse)
These two wonderful books by Jon Van Zyle, "Iditarod Memories" and "Alaska Sketchbook" are included in pledges made for $95 (RAINY PASS) or $880 (SOLOMON ROADHOUSE)
These two wonderful books by Jon Van Zyle, "Iditarod Memories" and "Alaska Sketchbook" are included in pledges made for $95 (RAINY PASS) or $880 (SOLOMON ROADHOUSE)
Joe and Sandra May have donated this rare collector's book, "The Alaskan Paintings of Fred Machetanz" signed by two of the original 1925 Serum Run mushers Edgar Nollner and Charlie Evans as well as the early Iditarod champions.
Joe and Sandra May have donated this rare collector's book, "The Alaskan Paintings of Fred Machetanz" signed by two of the original 1925 Serum Run mushers Edgar Nollner and Charlie Evans as well as the early Iditarod champions.
These are the signatures in the book "The Alaskan Paintings of Fred Machetanz" including 1925 Serum Run mushers Edgar Nollner and Charlie Evans as well as the Iditarod Race champions from 1973 - 1984. Look for the $765 reward "OLD WOMAN".
These are the signatures in the book "The Alaskan Paintings of Fred Machetanz" including 1925 Serum Run mushers Edgar Nollner and Charlie Evans as well as the Iditarod Race champions from 1973 - 1984. Look for the $765 reward "OLD WOMAN".
Jon Van Zyle has donated this unique limited edition Alaskan Aloha shirt that he designed.  Look for it at Checkpoint Grayling!
Jon Van Zyle has donated this unique limited edition Alaskan Aloha shirt that he designed. Look for it at Checkpoint Grayling!


This smoked and tanned moosehide bracelet has antler buttons and was designed and beaded by Jona Van Zyle. Look for it at the "Bering Sea" reward!
This smoked and tanned moosehide bracelet has antler buttons and was designed and beaded by Jona Van Zyle. Look for it at the "Bering Sea" reward!
This unusual collector's item was designed and donated by Jon Van Zyle. It is a metal cloisonne pin commemorating the 1985 Iditarod Race. Look for it at the Kuskokwin River!
This unusual collector's item was designed and donated by Jon Van Zyle. It is a metal cloisonne pin commemorating the 1985 Iditarod Race. Look for it at the Kuskokwin River!

Risks and challenges

We hope to have this book completed before the 2015 Iditarod Race. Since we have decided to self publish in order to include all the stories and photos submitted by our Iditarod family we have created a book substantially larger and more expensive to print than we had originally imagined. With your help we can bring this to fruition. If we achieve our goal, through your help, we can do this. Our production manager, designer and editor have many years of experience and will do their best to help us get the book published by mid January. They do caution us that there can be shipping delays but we will keep you posted as the delivery date draws near

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    "ANCHORAGE START" A 1978 musher Cachet (artistic stamped envelope carried by mushers, symbolic of the early days when the US mail traveled along the Iditarod Trail by dog team) featuring the legendary Leonhard Seppala and designed by Bill Devine. These cachets were carried from Anchorage to Nome by various mushers.

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    "RAINY PASS" 1 Hardback edition of "Iditarod® - The First Ten Years" plus 2 wonderful books by the official Iditarod artist Jon Van Zyle, "Iditarod Memories (30 years of Iditarod posters and the stories behind them written by Jona Van Zyle) and "Alaska Sketchbook". If you would like a gift card to send for the holidays, please let us know at: www.oldiditarodgang@gmail.com

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    "CHECKPOINT OPHIR" 1 hardback copy of "Iditarod® - The First Ten Years" plus a beautiful signed mini print by renowned Iditarod artist and musher Jon Van Zyle, titled "Firelit Musher". If you would like a gift card to send for the Holidays, let us know at oldiditarodgang@gmail.com.

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    "CHECKPOINT TAKOTNA" 1 hardback copy of "Iditarod® - The First Ten Years" plus three wonderful books by the 1985 Iditarod champion Libby Riddles - "Danger the Dogyard Cat", "Storm Run" and "Race Across Alaska" all signed by Libby. Let us know if you want a gift card sent to you for the holidays!

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    "CHECKPOINT GRAYLING" 1 Deluxe Leatherbound limited-edition of "Iditarod® - The First Ten Years" plus a limited edition Alaska Aloha shirt designed by the official Iditarod artist, Jon Van Zyle. This shirt is 4th in a series and made in the USA. Sizes S, M, L or XL - Let us know if you would like us to send you a gift card for the holidays!

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    "CHECKPOINT UNALAKLEET" 1 DELUXE leatherbound, limited edition of "Iditarod® - The First Ten Years" plus a tour (for one to four people) of famed Alaskan artists Jon and Jona Van Zyles' art studio and dog kennel in Chugiak, Alaska. Come have lunch with Jon and Jona, meet their beloved huskies and take home two Sled Dog Cafe Mugs. Have them sign your book! They will also have books available should you need more. If you would like a gift card to send for the Holidays, let us know at: oldiditarodgang@gmail.com.

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    "TOPCOK HILLS" 1 Deluxe leatherbound, limited edition of "Iditarod® - The First Ten Years" signed by 1980 Iditarod champion Joe May plus a 1979 and 1980 Iditarod mail cachet carried from Anchorage to Nome by Joe and signed by him and some of our greatest mushing legends including Joe Redington, Sr., Herbie Nayokpuk, Emmitt Peters, Rick Swenson, Susan Butcher, Sonny Lindner, Terry Adkins, Libby Riddles, Martin Buser, DeeDee Jonrowe, Pete MacManus, Donna Gentry Massay Ken Chase, Don Honea, Norman Vaughan, Patty Friend, Ernie Baumgartner, Dave Olson, Roger Nordlum, Rick Mackey and more! Let us know if you want a gift card for the holidays at www.iditarodfirsttenyears.com.

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    "BERING SEA" 1 hardback copy of "Iditaod® - The First Ten Years" plus a one-of-a-kind smoked and tanned moosehide bracelet with antler buttons and red bead trim by Jona Van Zyle.

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    "TRAILSWEEPER" 5 hardback copies of "Iditarod® - The First Ten Years" for pick up in Anchorage only. If you would like gift cards to send for the Holidays, let us know at oldiditarodgang@gmail.com.

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    "TRAILSWEEPER"
    2 DELUXE, LEATHERBOUND LIMITED-EDITIONS of "Iditarod® - The First Ten Years" for pick up in Anchorage, Alaska only. If you would like gift cards to send for the Holidays, let us know at oldiditarodgang@gmail.com.

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    "TRAILSWEEPER"
    2 DELUXE, LEATHERBOUND LIMITED-EDITIONS of "Iditarod® - The First Ten Years". If you would like gift cards to send for the Holidays, let us know at oldiditarodgang@gmail.com.

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    "CHECKPOINT KOYUK"
    1 hardback copy of "Iditarod® - The First Ten Years" plus a beautiful, one-of-a-kind, hand beaded Iditarod Race themed shadow box by Alaskan artist Jona Van Zyle. If you would like a gift card to send for the Holidays, let us know at oldiditarodgang@gmail.com.

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    "TRAILSWEEPER"
    5 hardback copies of "Iditarod® - The First Ten Years. If you would like gift cards to send for the Holidays, let us know at oldiditarodgang@gmail.com.

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    "NORTON SOUND"
    1 DELUXE, LEATHERBOUND LIMITED-EDITION of "Iditarod® - The First Ten Years" plus two wonderful signed childrens books by our contributors, Iditarod mushers Shelley Gill and Libby Riddles: "Danger the Dog Yard Cat" and "Storm Run", the story of Libby's historic dash to Nome to become the first woman to win the Iditarod. Libby will include a handmade fur surprise as well! If you would like a gift card to send for the Holidays, let us know at oldiditarodgang@gmail.com.

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    "CHECKPOINT ELIM" 1 hardback copy of "Iditarod® - The First Ten Years" plus a hand-beaded sled dog themed bracelet/cuff by Alaskan artist Jona Van Zyle. This bracelet is one of a kind and exquisite! If you would like a gift card to send for the Holidays, let us know at oldiditarodgang@gmail.com.

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    "CHECKPOINT GOLOVIN"
    1 hardback copy of "Iditarod® - The First Ten Years" plus dinner for one or two at the wonderful Marx Brothers Cafe in Anchorage, Alaska with our associate editors Gail Phillips and Raine Hall-Rawlins. A great opportunity to hear of their contributions first-hand with the twinkle of Iditarod lore in their eyes; be sure to have them sign your book. You never know what mystery guests might show up! If you would like a gift card to send for the Holidays, let us know at oldiditarodgang@gmail.com.

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    "TRAILSWEEPER"
    10 hardback copies of "Iditarod® - The First Ten Years for pick up in Anchorage, Alaska only. If you would like gift cards to send for the Holidays, let us know at oldiditarodgang@gmail.com.

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    "CHECKPOINT WHITE MOUNTAIN" 1 hardback copy of "Iditarod® - The First Ten Years" plus a hand beaded pair of moose hide musher mitts made by Peggy Peters, the sister of Iditarod legend Emmitt Peters, the "Yukon River Fox". This is a one of a kind treasure using Emmitt's mother Mary's flower patterns. If you would like a gift card to send for the Holidays, let us know at oldiditarodgang@gmail.com.

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    "TRAILSWEEPER" 10 hardback copies of "Iditarod® - The First Ten Years". If you would like gift cards to send for the Holidays, let us know at oldiditarodgang@gmail.com.

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    "OLD WOMAN" 1 Deluxe leatherbound, limited-edition of "Iditarod® - The First Ten Years signed by 1980 Iditarod Race Champion and contributor Joe May plus the book "The Alaskan Paintings of Fred Machetanz" signed by 1925 Serum Run mushers Edgar Nollner and Charlie Evans as well as the Iditarod Race champions from 1973 - 1984. A rare treasure!

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    "SOLOMON ROADHOUSE" 5 Deluxe leatherbound limited-editions of "Iditarod® - The First Ten Years", plus the brand new Jon Van Zyle 2015 Iditarod poster and a signed copy of Jon and Jona Van Zyle's book "Iditarod Memories" (30 years of Iditarod posters and the stories behind them) and a signed copy of Jon's beautiful book,"Alaska Sketchbook". If you would like gift cards to send for the holidays, please let us know at www.oldiditarodgang@gmail.com

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    "SAFETY ROADHOUSE" 1 hardback copy of "Iditarod®-The First Ten Years" plus an overnight stay on the beautiful Kenai River for one or two persons. Enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime fishing opportunity at the lovely Sterling, Alaska home of Iditarod musher and former President of the Iditarod Trail Committee Al Crane and our associate editor Jo Crane. Cozy up to the campfire and immerse yourself in the race of a lifetime as Al's stories put you right on the back of his runners. Meals will be included and they are GREAT cooks! Be sure to have them sign your book. (Transportation not included) Plan this great adventure for the summer or fall of 2015. If you would like a gift card to send for the Holidays, let us know at oldiditarodgang@gmail.com.

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    "CAPE NOME"
    1 DELUXE, LEATHERBOUND LIMITED EDITION of "Iditarod® - The First Ten Years"
    plus the famous Fred Machetanz print "Reaching the Pass" signed by Fred and the Iditarod Race Champions Dick Wilmarth, Carl Huntington, Emmitt Peters, Gerald Riley, Rick Swenson, Dick Mackey, Joe May, Rick Mackey, Dean Osmar and Libby Riddles. Matted and framed, it is number 738 of 1,049. Pick this up in Anchorage in person or pay an additional shipping fee of $100. If you would like a gift card to send for the Holidays, let us know at oldiditarodgang@gmail.com.

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    "FARLEYS' CAMP"
    1 SUPER DELUXE leatherbound limited edition of "Iditarod® - The First Ten Years" which includes a special print created by Jon Van Zyle and Frank Flavin especially for the book and signed by the artists plus a rare
    original acrylic painting of the historic Iditarod Trail featuring both the Northern and Southern routes by famed Alaskan artist, Iditarod musher and member of the Iditarod Hall of Fame, Jon Van Zyle. This painting is featured in the book. You will also receive an Iditarod Annual, Iditarod Runner, Iditarod mail cachet carried along the trail and a collectors item Jon Van Zyle designed cloissene pin from the first decade....collectors items all!
    Pick up in Anchorage in person or pay an additional shipping fee. If you would like a gift card to send for the Holidays, let us know at oldiditarodgang@gmail.com.

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    "CHECKPOINT NOME" 1 SUPER DELUXE, LEATHERBOUND LIMITED-EDITION "Iditarod® - The First Ten Years" with a signed Jon Van Zyle - Frank Flavin print plus an Iditarod Cachet, Iditarod Runner, Iditarod Annual from the first decade of the Race and the Jon Van Zyle mini print "Firelit Musher".
    In addition, you will have the opportunity to fulfill a lifelong dream of fishing in some of Alaska's wildest and most remote sites with a unique helifishing and sightseeing adventure for four with our book contributor Tony Oney and son Tony in their Bell Jet Rangers!
    Plan this adventure for summer 2015. You must make your own arrangements to travel to Anchorage, Alaska. Dates will be dependent upon the weather so you will have to be flexible. Four persons per helicopter. If you would like a gift card to send for the Holidays, let us know at oldiditarodgang@gmail.com.

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