This year, fans of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race have a new way to follow the race - the Iditarod Trifecta.

The Trifecta is a contest where race fans predict the winning musher, the winning musher's finish time and the winning musher's number of dogs that cross the finishing line in Nome. The fund-raiser also benefits the Iditarod Trail Committee and the winning mushers. Contest entries are $10 each, and the prize pool will be divided among the winner guesser (40 percent), the Iditarod Trail Committee (40 percent) and the top 20 mushers (20 percent).

The contest is a new and innovative way for the Iditarod to not only engage race fans, but also help raise funds for the race. This year's race starts March 8 at 2 p.m. on Willow Lake and features six former champions, making it a highly competitive field.

Entry forms are available online, and people can submit them in person at the Iditarod Trail Committee headquarters on Knik-Goose Bay Road, or by mail. There is no limit to the number of entries a person can make, but the deadline to submit them is 1 p.m. on March 8 in person, or March 6 at 5 p.m. via mail.

For a complete set of rules, and access to online entry forms, visit