BOISE -- The Iditarod is almost 1,150 miles of nonstop action and rough terrain through Alaska. This year, there are three mushers with Idaho ties that you will want to keep tabs on.
Kirk Barnum is from Grangeville, Idaho. Barnum has finished the Iditarod race twice, and hopes to someday cross that finish line first. If you would like to keep tabs on this Idahoan this year, his bib number is 47.
Another racer you might recognize is Trent Herbst. Herbst recently moved to Alaska from Ketchum, Idaho, but will always be a fan favorite in the Wood River Valley. Herbst was a teacher, and in the past, he included his students in his Iditarod racing experiences. Herbst will be wearing bib number 16.
Karin Hendrickson, who used to live in Idaho, learned about the Iditarod through volunteering. Her mother, a longtime volunteer, convinced her to get involved in 2002. It snowballed from there. Eventually, Hendrickson sold her house, quit her job, and headed north to learn more about racing. She eventually decided to race, and now she cannot get enough. Hendrickson will wear bib number 43.
Jaimee Kinzer is a Timberline High School graduate, who will be racing in the Iditarod for the first time. Kinzer's bio on the Iditarod website explains how she was hit by a drunk driver and has fought to get to where she is today. She is excited to race with her team of dogs. You can keep tabs on her by tracking bib number 30.
The race begins March 3 in Anchorage and it will end in Nome, Alaska. There are 26 checkpoints along the way, and it usually takes mushers about 10 to 17 days to complete the race.