Statistics
The Cruelty is in The Numbers
​IDITAROD TRAIL SLED DOG RACE

2017

1,114 dogs started the 2017 Iditarod. 
449 dogs dropped out of the race.
5 dogs died during the race.
Only 660 dogs were able to finish.
41% of dogs were unable to finish.

RIP Deacon, Smoke, Groovey, Flash, Shilling

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2016

1,346 dogs started the 2016 Iditarod.
611 dogs dropped out of the race.
1 dog died during the race.
Only 734 dogs were able to finish.
45% of dogs were unable to finish.

RIP Nash

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2015

1,244 dogs started the 2015 Iditarod.
520 dogs dropped out of the race.
3 dogs died during the race.
Only 721 dogs were able to finish.
42% of dogs were unable to finish.

RIP Stuart, Wyatt, Stiffy

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2014

1,096 dogs started the 2014 Iditarod.
603 dogs dropped out of the race.
There were no reported dog deaths.
Only 493 dogs were able to finish.
55% of dogs were unable to finish.

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2013

1,029 dogs started the 2013 Iditarod.
485 dogs dropped out of the race.
1 dog died during the race.
Only 543 dogs were able to finish.
47% of dogs were unable to finish.

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2012

1,045 dogs started the 2012 Iditarod.
490 dogs dropped out of the race.
There were no reported dog deaths.
Only 555 dogs were able to finish.
47% of dogs were unable to finish.

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2011

989 dogs started the 2011 Iditarod.
539 dogs dropped out of the race.
There were no reported dog deaths.
Only 450 dogs were able to finish.
54% of dogs were unable to finish.

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2010

1,133 dogs started the 2010 Iditarod.
583 dogs dropped out of the race.
There were no reported dog deaths.
Only 550 dogs were able to finish.
51% of dogs were unable to finish.

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2009

1,071 dogs started the 2009 Iditarod.
490 dogs dropped out of the race.
6 dogs died during the race.
Only 575 dogs were able to finish.
46% of dogs were unable to finish.

RIP Victor, Dizzy, Grasshopper, Maynard, Omen, Cirque

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2008

1,515 dogs started the 2008 Iditarod.
705 dogs dropped out of the race.
3 dogs died during the race.
Only 807 dogs were able to finish.
47% of dogs were unable to finish.

RIP Zaster, Lorne, Cargo

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2007

1,287 dogs started the 2007 Iditarod.
731 dogs dropped out of the race.
3 dogs died during the race.
Only 553 dogs were able to finish.
57% of dogs were unable to finish.

RIP Snickers, Thongy, "Name Unknown"

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2006

1,323 dogs started the 2006 Iditarod.
582 dogs dropped out of the race.
4 dogs died during the race.
Only 737 dogs were able to finish.
44% of dogs were unable to finish.

RIP Yellowknife, Bear, Cupid, Jack

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Earlier statistical race results are unavailable.
The following dogs died in the following years' races:

Iditarod 2005: 4 Dogs Died
RIP Rita, Nellie, Oakley, Tyson

Iditarod 2004: 2 Dogs Died
RIP Wolf, Takk

Iditarod 2003: 1 Dog Died
RIP Joker

Iditarod 2002: 2 Dogs Died
RIP Goro, Mark

Iditarod 2001: 2 Dogs Died
RIP Dan, Carhartt

Iditarod 2000: 1 Dog Died
RIP Tobuk

Iditarod 1999: 1 Dog Died
RIP Rodman

Iditarod 1998: 1 Dog Died
RIP Trim

Iditarod 1997: 5 Dogs Died
Names Unknown

Iditarod 1996: 1 Dog Died
RIP Ariel

Iditarod 1995: 2 Dogs Died
Names Unknown

 Iditarod 1992: 3 Dogs Died
Names Unknown

Iditarod 1987: 1 Dog Died
Name Unknown
Source: Front Page, Daily Sitka Sentinel
Sitka, Alaska - Wednesday, March 18, 1987

Iditarod 1985: 9 Dogs Died
Names Unknown
Source: Page 3, Daily News-Miner
Fairbanks, Alaska - Tuesday, March 19 1985


Iditarod 1981: 5 Dogs Died
Names Unknown
​Source: Page 3, Daily News-Miner
​Fairbanks, Alaska - Tuesday, January 19 1982

Iditarod 1979: 1 Dog Died
Name Unknown
​Source: Front Page, Daily News-Miner
​Fairbanks, Alaska - Saturday, March 3, 1979

Iditarod 1977: 2 Dogs Died
Names Unknown
​Source: Page 2, Daily News-Miner
​Fairbanks, Alaska - Friday, March 11, 1977

Iditarod 1976: 1 Dog Died
Name Unknown
​Source: Page 3, Daily Sitka Sentinel
​Sitka, Alaska - Monday, March 15, 1976

Iditarod 1974: 16 Dogs Died
Names Unknown
Source: Page 6, Daily Sitka Sentinel
Sitka, Alaska - Monday, March 11, 1985

Iditarod 1973: 15 Dogs Died
Names Unknown
Source: Page 6, Daily Sitka Sentinel
Sitka, Alaska - Monday, March 11, 1985

Forgotten Faces of the Iditarod

  1. Nash
    Nash
  2. Stiffy
    Stiffy
  3. Stuart
    Stuart
  4. Wyatt
    Wyatt
  5. Dorado
    Dorado
  6. Flash
    Flash
  7. Smoke
    Smoke
  8. Deacon
    Deacon