The 2019 Iditarod is the 47th iteration of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race held in Alaska. The race began on March 2, 2019, in Anchorage, Alaska, and ended on March 18, 2019 in Nome, Alaska.[1][2][3]

Fifty-two dog mushers participated in the race, among them former Iditarod champions Joar Leifseth Ulsom, Mitch Seavey, Martin Buser, Lance Mackey, and Jeff King; other veteran mushers such as Aliy Zirkle and Nicolas Petit; and ten rookies, including Blair Braverman.[4][5][6][7] On March 13th, Peter Kaiser finished in first place, completing the course in nine days, 12 hours, 39 minutes and six seconds. Kaiser was the first Yup'ik native to win the Iditarod.[8] Joar Leifseth Ulsom, the 2018 champion, came in a close second, finishing only twelve minutes after Kaiser. Jessie Royer placed third.[9] Nicolas Petit, an early frontrunner in the race, dropped out on March 11th after his dogs refused to run farther.[10] Along with Jessie Royer, Aliy Zirkle (fourth place) and Paige Drobny (seventh place) made history as the first three women to collectively finish in the top ten places of the Iditarod.[11]


The Iditarod Trail Committee's lead drug tester resigned prior to the signup, under pressure from some of the competitors.[12] Companies Jack Daniels and Wells Fargo dropped their sponsorship of the race, possibly due to pressure from animal rights' activists.[13][14][15][16]


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  5. ^ Maguire, Mary Kate Burgess & Sean. "Mitch Seavey says he will race as Iditarod chief of drug testing resigns". Retrieved 2018-07-07.
  6. ^ Verge, Beth. "'Because I can': Recovering from surgery, Lance Mackey throws name in hat for 2019 Iditarod". Retrieved 2018-12-02.
  7. ^ "Current Race Standings - 2019 Iditarod - Iditarod". Retrieved 22 May 2019.
  8. ^ "Peter Kaiser Takes First In Iditarod — Marking A Win For Alaskan Natives". Retrieved 22 May 2019.
  9. ^ "Veteran musher Jessie Royer takes 3rd in 2019 Iditarod". Retrieved 22 May 2019.
  10. ^ "The Daily 5: Petit scratches, a 3-way battle for first & how to send a 'mushergram'". Retrieved 22 May 2019.
  11. ^ "Eye on the Trail: Paige Drobny Takes Seventh – Iditarod". Retrieved 22 May 2019.
  12. ^ "Iditarod drug test creator says his departure is bittersweet, holds no grudge". Retrieved 2018-07-07.
  13. ^ Press, RACHEL D'ORO, Associated (2018-06-27). "Longtime sponsor of Iditarod cuts ties with Alaska race". KVEO. Retrieved 2018-07-07.
  14. ^ Enslow, Patrick. "Confidential report identifies financial struggles inside Iditarod". Retrieved 2018-07-07.
  15. ^ "Jack Daniel's Drops Long-Time Sponsorship Of Iditarod". Retrieved 2018-07-07.
  16. ^ "Jack Daniel's maker cuts ties with Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race". Anchorage Daily News. 2018-06-27. Retrieved 2018-07-10.