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Inupiaq Days (April 15 – 17) in Shishmaref

Inupiaq Days (April 15 – 17) were held in Shishmaref during the April 13 – 18 Sled Dog Mushers’ Association Spring Carnival (Herbie Nayokpuk “Shismaref Cannonball” Spring Carnival).    The SDMA sponsors the dog mushing events and the basketball tournaments.  The Inupiaq Days are held at the school and consist of cultural activities such as …


Beautiful Day in Elim, Travis Beals, Ken Anderson, Wade Marrs

“Man, it looks hot and sunny out there.” is what Jeff King said after getting up from a catnap. Indeed it is. The blowhole before Moses Point was gentle, maybe 10 miles an hour from the north. I’ve seen a little worse. Jeff asked, “Sebastian I heard the seal chased after you, too. Nobody believes …


Dallas Seavey taking the LEAD in Iditarod 43

Dallas Seavey, who has been lurking in the shadows and creating his monster, trailed Aaron Burmeister for a long run from Shaktoolik to Koyuk. He made up more than an hour and 20 minutes of 45 miles. That is huge. His team looked excellent when he came into the checkpoint. You could tell that Dallas …


Meet the 2015 IditaRiders!

Meet the 2015 IditaRiders! The 2015 IditaRiders are in for a real treat as they take to the sleds for the ride of a lifetime along the first eleven miles of the Iditarod Sled Dog Race!  Meet them here, and be sure to cheer for them and their mushers and teams on Saturday!    *We’ll …


Puzzles for Iditarod 2015

by Martha Dobson, Iditarod Educational Consultant Puzzles for older and younger students are here, to go with the new route for the 2015 race and to use any race year. These puzzles will familiarize your students with the checkpoints, route, and the special trail awards. They can also be used as a review of information. …


Eye on the Trail: Abundant Lessons and Color at Michigan Teacher’s Conference

Teachers had the opportunity to gather a sled full of lesson and activity ideas for their classrooms at the Midwest Sled Dog Symposium and Iditarod Teacher’s Conference in the colorful upper peninsula of Michigan. Nature’s Kennel owners Ed and Tasha Stielstra organized the sixth annual conference and symposium. Opening the teacher’s conference was Nancy Wendt, …


September 2014 Iditarod Workshop in North Carolina for Educators

Educators, don’t wait until February or March to incorporate the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race as a teaching tool in your classrooms. You can start now! And, to get you started now, check out the Iditarod Workshop for Educators held in North Carolina September 27-28. Well-received as a first time workshop in North Carolina by …


2015 Summer Camp for Teachers

  Summer Camp for Educators!   SAVE THE DATE:   June 20th through 29th 2015   for the ULTIMATE professional development experience!     Summer camp isn’t just for kids anymore!  Come experience Alaska in a totally unique adventure while immersing yourself in the Iditarod for nine days!   Campers spend three days at the Dream …


Eye on the Trail: Junior Iditarod has First Entrants

Registration for the 2015 Junior Iditarod opened on the last Saturday of June at Iditarod Headquarters in Wasilla. While adult mushers signed up for the 1,000 mile trip to Nome on one end of the table, teens between the ages of 14 and 17 signed up for the 150 mile round trip race on the …


Eye on the Trail: Summer Camp – Lessons from the Trail

Leaving Dream A Dream Kennel marks a new focus for the teachers attending the Summer Camp for Teachers. While Iditarod is all about the dogs, teachers at camp delve into other aspects of Iditarod beyond the hands on aspect experienced at the kennel. The first stop for teachers after moving into Wasilla from Halter’s training …