Iditarod appoints new leadership

FAIRBANKS, Alaska - There is new leadership for "The Last Great Race on Earth."

The Iditarod Trail Committee announced Saturday the appointment of Rob Urbach as its new CEO.

Urbach previously served as the USA Triathlon CEO from 2011 to 2017.

The Colorado Native will oversee business operations, fund raising, human resources management, public relations, information technology and will work closely with the competitors and the board of directors according to a press release from the Iditarod Trail Committee.

“Rob embraces our vision of an Iditarod that is committed to the priority of canine care both on and off the trail,” said Iditarod Board of Directors President Mike Mills in the press release. “In addition to his extensive credentials, Rob has proven himself to be a nimble and strategic leader and we’re looking forward to Rob taking the helm of the Last Great Race on Earth.”

Urbach earned his MBA from the Wharton School of Business and is a graduate of Centre College in Danville, Kentucky.

Urbach will be replacing Stan Hooley, who resigned in December after being involved with the race for 25 years.