Joe Redington Sr.

Lionized as “The Father of the Iditarod,” Joe Redington Sr. virtually invented modern long-distance dog racing and made it into the Alaska state sport. During his decades as a homesteader in the Alaska Bush, and then in Knik with a kennel of up to 500 dogs, Redington became the patron saint of the Alaska husky that he feared being phased out in favor of the snowmobile. An adventurer who mushed more than 250,000 miles, Redington brought the sled dog back to prominence by overseeing the organization and fund-raising for the first 1,100-mile Iditarod in 1973.

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Father of the Iditarod

Joe Redington Sr. | Class of 2008 | People Category

Alaska Sports Hall Of Fame