Matthew and Rob, Fairbanks airport, Iditarod 2015

It’s a 1,000-mile race from Anchorage to Nome, except this year, it was from Fairbanks to Nome.

The Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race traversed the wilds of Alaska last month, following a route that had to be changed at the last minute because of sparse snow cover along the first third of the trail.

In this unusual year, there was so much to cover, especially since the first portion of the race passed through regions of interior Alaska (some of which are pictured below) not normally involved in the race at all.

Thanks to your support and the generosity of regional sponsors, we sent reporter Matthew Smith along the trail from Fairbanks to Nome (joined in Fairbanks by photographer David Dodman). Matt’s pictured just before hitting the trail (from the Fairbanks Airport) with Rob Jones, his pilot for the race.

Every day of the race, Matt (and, in Fairbanks, David) sent dispatches of pictures and exclusive audio interviews, while all of our staffers and volunteers worked back in Nome to tell the Iditarod story, on-air and online. The pictures here are but a tiny sampling of the incredible snapshots of Alaska — and of one of our state’s most iconic events — that you’ll find in our online Iditarod coverage.

Thanks again for making it possible. Our Iditarod coverage means so much, and it’s at the very heart of what makes our rural Alaska mission so unique.