- First Iron Dog Race Called the “Iditarod Iron Dog Classic”
- Due to warm weather the race was from McGrath to Nome.
- 15 Teams raced for a purse of $20,000
- John Faeo & Rod Frank, First Place win $8,500
- Average Speed, 35mph
- Race name changed to “Gold Rush Classic”
- Race route Wasilla to Nome, 1,049 miles.
- First woman, Melinda, to enter the race with husband, Doug Lyman
- John Faeo and partner Dan Zipay win their third straight Iron Dog race.
- Doreen Long, the first woman to cross the finish line in trail class with husband Bill.
- Lowest number of Race Class entrants, 7 teams.
- First race to start in Nome.
- First husband and wife team compete, Bill and Doreen Long.
- Race route becomes Wasilla to Nome to Wasilla doubling miles, 2,098
- Five time Iditarod Champion, Rick Swenson, enters the Iron Dog with partner Pat Delia.
- $50,000 first place prize money.
- With partner Bob Gilman, John Faeo takes his seventh first-place finish.
- First all female team enters, Lisa Luther and Laura Carr.
- Race route changes to include Fairbanks, Wasilla to Nome to Fairbanks, 1,971 miles.
- Largest amount of participants entered, 122.
- First all-women’s team to cross the finish line, Jackie Page and Missy McClurg.
- Race cancelled due to warm temperatures and poor trail conditions.
- Race route flipped, starting in Fairbanks to Nome to Wasilla.
- First time a Ski-Doo Team crosses the finish line in first place.
- Race route changed, Wasilla to Nome to Wasilla
- First Rookie in a pro class team crosses the finish line in first place, Nick Olstad.
- Scott Davis ties John Faeo with seven championships.
- Record number of Pro Class Race Teams, 40; Rookies Teams, 23; Lower 48 Teams, five.
- Largest race purse, $165,000
- Race route extended to 2,031 miles and North Pole added as a checkpoint.
- Dusty VanMeter and Marc McKenna win with a record course time of 35 hours, 39 minutes, and 56 seconds.
13 Wins on Polaris
10 Wins on Arctic Cat
3 Wins on Yamaha
3 Wins on Ski-Doo