The First Iditarod

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

“We got a storm back about Rainy Pass and the trail was covered over; we had no trail, so Victor Kotongan, Bud Smyth and I spent about three days walking, somewhere near the headwaters of the Rohn River…” -Ken Chase

“Herbie Nayokpuk and I were at Farewell Lake and it started snowing. I mean it was like a major snowstorm, and we were running down the trail and all of a sudden you couldn’t find the trail anymore! We got into this real thick brush and we stopped and turned around and we looked and we’d totally lost the trail.” -Bill Arpino

The First Iditarod shares the story of the first running of The Last Great Race through the words of mushers who made that first journey to Nome in 1973, captured in recorded and videotaped interviews conducted by the author over a span of several years.

Published in March, 2015 by Northern Light Media. 154 pages. $20.00 plus $5.00 shipping and handling to U.S. addresses only (foreign readers please order via Amazon). Click on the book title or the link above to order via PayPal or with a credit card. Also 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.

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About Helen Hegener

I write nonfiction books about Alaskan history, and my titles currently include 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 others. You can contact me via email at helenhegener@gmail.com
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