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Eye on the Trail: Telephoto Story – Efficient Aliy

It’s Unalakleet in 2013, Aily Zirkle is preparing to depart for Shaktoolik.  She is applying paw cream and booting her dogs.  In this photo, Olivia enjoys Aliy’s complete attention.  That’s the gist of what’s going on in this picture but take a closer look.  Zoom in!   As Aliy applies that wonderful pink paw goop, …


Book Reviews–The Winter Walk and Two Old Women

The Winter Walk by Loretta Outwater Cox, published 2013, nonfiction, secondary students and older, winner of the Alaska Indigenous Literature Award This is the true story, more than a century old, of Cox’s great-grandmother’s walk to survival with her two young children. Cox’s great-grandmother was Inupiaq, and the older of the two children was Cox’s …


Coming Up! Lower 48 Educator Workshops

Martha Dobson, Iditarod Education Consultant The Lower 48–that’s what Alaskans call the 48 contiguous United States, and it’s a great way to expand students’ vocabulary–contiguous– used to describe things that touch each other or are immediately next to each other, from  http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/contiguous . The Iditarod is far more than reading the book Stone Fox, or …


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Eye on the Trail: Telephoto Story – Legendary Musher

Who is this legendary musher?  He’s run Iditarod thirteen times.  In those thirteen races, he’s finished in the top ten eight times and has scratched only twice.  His first race was in 1992.  In his rookie run he claimed 43rd place with a time of 14 days, 4 hours and 12 minutes.  He sat out …


Teacher Workshop and Conference Schedule for 2016 – 2017

Iditarod Teacher Workshop Schedule for the 2016 – 2017 School Year.  Details of each event and registration information will be added soon.  Check back often!  If you are interested in attending one of these events and/or want additional information now or if you want to help bring a workshop to your area, email us.  Once …


The Ultimate Iditarod Experience

The Ultimate Iditarod Experience is just one bid away at our Iditarod Auction!  The Auction opens December 1 each year!  Bid!  Win!  AND experience Iditarod as our VIP guests!  From your position as an IditaRider you will see the start of the race from a seat in the sled of a musher you’ve chosen to …


Eye on the Trail: Telephoto Story – JR Iditarod

Only twice in the 39 year history of JR Iditarod has the start been moved from the traditional location of somewhere between Knik and Willow.  Like Iditarod, the JR race relocated in 2003 due to warm conditions and lack of snow.  That year the Iditarod started from Fairbanks and the JR Iditarod started in Glenallen. …


Eye on the Trail: Telephoto Story – Injured Martin

In 2005, Martin Buser wasn’t shaking hands with fans at the Ceremonial Start.  Note that his right hand is mittened and elevated.  Only four days before the start of Iditarod, Martin reconfigured his index finger on a table saw.  The medically correct term would be “partial amputation.”  Martin underwent surgery and was advised by his …


The Widow’s Lamp Lights the Way to the Finish Line

In this image, the Widow’s Lamp helps to light the way to the finish line for Karin Hendrickson as she neared the finish line.  Karin arrived in Nome with a time of 10 days, 13 hours, 55 minutes and 0 seconds. A Picture Tells a Story…. Reaching Nome was a great accomplish for Karin who …