“If you’re a race fan, you need this book. Kudos to Freedman for putting together his love and extensive knowledge of the sport together in such a readable, usable fashion.” -June Price, Sunhusky Reviews, on Amazon
Author Lew Freedman reported on the Iditarod during its heyday as the sports editor of one of Alaska’s major newspapers, and now he shares the details of fifty years of race history, with insightful essays on each year’s race to Nome!
Complete records of every race, including mushers who scratched or were withdrawn; each award winner and every special presentation; biographies of mushers who became household names and stories of the families who contributed to make the Iditarod what it is today, a worldwide phenomenon and The Last Great Race on Earth.
The cover art is by Alaskan artist Jon Van Zyle, a two-time Iditarod finisher (1976, 1979), a member of the Iditarod Hall of Fame, and the Official Artist of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.
50 Years of Iditarod Adventures
“50 Years of Iditarod Adventures, The First Fifty Years of the Last Great Race,” by Lew Freedman. Published in February, 2022 by Northern Light Media. 310 pages, over 80 b/w photos, $24.95 plus $5.00 shipping. Also available from Amazon.
5.0 out of 5 stars Top notch overview of 50 years of Iditarod adventure
Reviewed in the United States on February 26, 2022
Having moderated a couple Iditarod related online groups in the past, I can attest to the fact that author Lew Freedman has managed to answer most of the FAQs that pop up, well, frequently. It will be a handy, easy to read resource for fans. Lots of lists of who ran/won/placed/won awards and more. Freedman has also taken a look at some of the memorable characters of the sled dog race, including families who have become a part of race lore, the Mackey and Seavey families. Lots of photos, too, including I should probably admit, one of my own, and maps. If you’re a race fan, you need this book. Kudos to Freedman for putting together his love and extensive knowledge of the sport together in such a readable, usable fashion.