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Eye On the Trail: Iditarod XLVII

With the Volunteer and Musher Sign-up Picnic, the first chapter of Iditarod XLVII has been recorded. The day began with heavy cloud cover that threatened rain at any minute but optimistic as Iditarod fans, volunteers and mushers are, spirits were not dampened.  The positive vibes prevailed and by noon the sky turned from mostly cloudy to …

Eye on the Trail: 21st Iditarod Teacher on the Trail™

Brian Hickox from Massachusetts has begun his duties as the 21stIditarod Teacher on the Trail™. Brian has been at summer teachers camp and has been a key presenter, sharing lessons and activities he uses with students in his classroom.  Brian is an 8th grade English Language Arts teacher.  Brian is an energetic, compassionate, humorous, passionate and engaging …

Eye on the Trail: Teachers Busy at Summer Camp

Summer days are supposed to be leisurely but the teacher’s at Iditarod Summer Teacher’s Camp, have been intensely busy.  So much to experience and learn and only ten days to do it!  Katie Mangelsdorf, author of Champion of Huskies, shared stories of Iditarod’s visionary and founder, Joe Redington, Jr.  Before writing the book, Mangelsdorf spent …

Eye on the Trail: Anticipation of Iditarod

There’s plenty of anticipation in Alaska’s Iditarod this final week of June.  Teachers at Iditarod Teacher’s Summer Camp are anticipating soaking up a ton of knowledge on using Iditarod as a theme for education.  Brian Hickox is anticipating the excitement and his responsibilities as the 2019 Iditarod Teacher on the Trail™.  Mushers, both rookies and …

Summer Raffle Tickets Available! Call Now: 800.545.6874

  *The Iditarod holds two raffles each year, one before the race (Winter Raffle) and one afterwards. (Summer Raffle) *The funds raised from the raffle are used to help stage the Iditarod. Need not be present to win. *To purchase a ticket call 1.800.545.mush(6874) or stop by our store at Iditarod Headquarters in Wasilla.  Due …

James Varsos (Hobo Jim) Receives Honorary Doctor of Music Degree at UAF

Hobo Jim will receive an honorary degree, Doctor of Music from UAA on May 5th during commencement ceremony.  Jim (James Varsos –  the Alaska State Balladeer) has been writing and performing songs about life in Alaska –sharing Alaska’s history, culture, and Iditarod to fans around the world for more than 40 years. Hobo Jim created …

Dorothy Page Honored

On May 1, the late Dorothy Page,  the “Mother of the Iditarod” was inducted into the Alaska Women’s Hall of Fame. Dorothy, a journalist and historian, wrote and published the “Iditarod Trail Annual” during the early years of the Race.  In 1964, Dorothy had a great idea!  As chairman of the Wasilla-Knik Centennial Committee and …

Eye on the Trail: Telephoto Story – Recognize These Mushers?

The Restart was one of the few sunny days of Iditarod XLVI.  These two fellows seem to be soaking up the sun and good vibes of the day. Who are they?  They have a great deal in common when it comes to Iditarod. They both call the western coast of Alaska home.  This is a great …

2018 Iditarod Winter Raffle Winners Announced

 

Eye on the Trail: Snow of Iditarod XLVI Eclipses Wilbur

Winter storm Wilber has finally passed on through the Dakotas, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan.  It snowed steady for almost two days, blanketing optimistic patio furniture and ground that was bare a few days earlier with nearly a foot of snow. Winds were strong but didn’t quite create Norton Sound whiteout conditions.  Wilbur added to the 4 …