The First Iditarod

New First IditarodThe First Iditarod: Mushers’ Tales from the 1973 Race, by Helen Hegener.

The First Iditarod shares the history of the first running of The Last Great Race, and most of the book is comprised of the verbatim words of mushers who made that first journey to Nome in 1973, captured through recorded and videotaped interviews conducted over a span of several years.

The book also delves into the history of the trail itself, and includes the colorful histories of mail carriers on the Iditarod Trail, the First Annual Iditarod Sweepstakes Race in 1910, the glory days of the trail when hundreds of thousands of dollars in gold traveled over it, the 1925 Serum Run to Nome on the northern section of the trail, the trail’s fall into disuse, the reclaiming of the trail by Joe Redington Sr. and the U.S. Army, and how Joe and Vi Redington helped the Iditarod Trail became a part of the National Historic Trails system.

Published in March, 2015 by Northern Light Media. 154 pages. ISBN-13 978-0-9843977-6-1 Format 6″ x 9″ perfect bound, text only, no photos. $20.00 plus $5.00 shipping and handling to U.S. addresses only. Additional postage required for foreign orders.

Available at Amazon, eBay, and your local independent bookstores.

Postal orders can be mailed to Northern Light Media, Post Office Box 870515, Wasilla, Alaska 99687-0515.


About Helen Hegener

I write nonfiction books about Alaskan history, and my titles currently include Alaska & The Klondike, The Alaska Railroad 1902-1923, Alaskan Roadhouses, Alaskan Sled Dog Tales, The First Iditarod, The All Alaska Sweepstakes, The Yukon Quest Trail, The Matanuska Colony Barns, and many others. You can contact me via email at
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