Medred Takes an Unusual Look at the Iditarod

Most Iditarod reporters like to focus on the race leaders – the slick teams up front that make the rugged, 1,000 mile race to Nome look easy. Not Craig Medred. The longtime Anchorage reporter has always been fascinated by the mushers that struggle along the way and are eventually forced to abandon their dream. During this year’s race, he collected the most heartbreaking stories of defeat in a book called “Graveyard of Dreams- Dashed Hopes and Shattered Aspirations Along Alaska’s Iditarod Trail.”

Medred followed the race by snowmachine, which he says was its own adventure.

Craig Medred is a reporter for His new book is called, “Graveyard of Dreams.” It’s available through

Lori Townsend, APRN – Anchorage

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