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Iditarod Scavenger Hunt and Bootie Relay Games

Enjoy these games created by Terrie Hanke, 2006 Iditarod Teacher on the Trail™ and Cathy Walters, 2009 Iditarod Teacher on the Trail™.  Terrie’s game needs an open space such as a gym or outdoor paved area or field. Cathy’s Bootie Relay game can be played indoors or outdoors, using chairs which have 4 separate legs. …


Culture and Tradition

The Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race as we know it today has evolved over decades; no, it has evolved over centuries because the Iditarod is deeply steeped in tradition and culture, a tribute to the Native Alaskans and the place dog teams hold in the lives of them and other people worldwide. And just as …


Where Are They Now? Shelley Gill (Vandiver) 1978 Rookie

Shelley Gill – 1978 Iditarod Dog Musher, Alaskan Author, and Whale Detective  By Joanne Potts, Assistant to the Race Director, and Shelley Gill Shelley Gill is best known as the writer of 30 best selling children’s books, including Kiana’s Iditarod. But Shelley was also the fifth woman and 104th musher to complete the Iditarod Trail Sled …


Summer Camp for Teachers June 17- 26 – Wasilla, Alaska

  Summer Camp for Educators! Download Registration Materials at this Link! SAVE THE DATE:        June 17th through 26th 2017   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 four days …


Where Are They Now? Dick Mackey

In 1978, after mushing 1000 miles across the remote Alaska wilderness, Dick Mackey won the most exciting victory in the history of the Iditarod, defeating defending champion Rick Swenson by one second.   A legendary race full of gamesmanship and intrigue, Mackey and Swenson had been dueling for hundreds of miles along with Emmitt Peters and …


Eye on the Trail: So much to do, So little time in Nome

It won’t be long and the festivities of the Finisher’s Banquet will get underway.  The banquet is held in the Nome Recreation Center which for the past week has been the site of the world’s largest basketball tournament.  Over night it’s been transformed into a banquet facility. The City of Nome is one hopping place …


Navigating the Iditarod Website

Hello Educators! I hope you all had a chance to read my article “Introducing Sled Dog Ed U. Cation”. After writing my introduction, I meandered on back to the dog yard to take a rest but thoughts ran through my mind that many of you may be wondering how this sled dog knows so much …


Healthy, Happy Dogs – Ten Tips

In Iditarod it’s all about the dogs and it takes happy healthy dogs to reach peak performance. Any racing musher will tell you that healthy happy dogs are the basis for success and good dog care is the pathway to having healthy happy dogs. If that’s true for Alaskan Huskies, would the same be true …


Healthy Happy Dogs – Exercise

Exercise makes every day more fun! As a sled dog I believe that. I look forward to playing, some call it exercise, but I call it play. I look forward to playing every day. I wish I‘d come up with the slogan, “Play 60” that the National Football League uses. The first play (exercise) that …


Eye on the Trail: Camp Wraps up for Teachers

As the saying goes, all good things must come to an end.  Well, maybe not an end, but at least relocated for new opportunities.  Midweek of summer camp, teachers and camp staff said good-bye to Vern Halter and his tremendous Dream A Dream athletes and relocated in Wasilla near Iditarod Headquarters.   Wednesday was designated …