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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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?
Content: 50% photos/art and 50 % text
Trim: 11.75" x 10.5"
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:
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:
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 nearLearn about accountability on Kickstarter
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