The 50th Anniversary Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race begins in March, and Northern Light Media is publishing a new book by author Lew Freedman, 50 Years of Iditarod Adventures, The First Fifty Years of the Last Great Race. The book details fifty years of race history, with synopses of each annual race, records of all of the award winners, and biographies of many individuals and families who have contributed to make the race what it is today, a worldwide phenomenon and The Last Great Race on Earth.
The cover art is by famed 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. The artwork, which also appears as the official poster for the 50th Anniversary Race, features the smiling and ghostly features of race founder Joe Redington gazing at a scene of mushers at a camp fire in the snowy wilderness that could well play out during the 2022 race – or may also have taken place during the first race in 1973.
The book is available to order now from Northern Light Media:
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.