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Download, Print, and Use These Maps with Students.

Map Resources for Your Classroom Iditarod Trail Map This  Iditarod Trail map, both the northern and southern route map, can be downloaded and printed out.  Maps for northern and southern routes Maps for the northern and southern trails along with trail descriptions can be found at this link. Map of Alaska or Other States. Choose …


Eye on the Trail: Distance Double

What does the first weekend in February have in common with the first weekend in March? Fans of long distance mushing don’t have to think twice to answer. It’s the start of the longest sled dog races on the North American Continent, the Yukon Quest and the Iditarod. On February 4th, twenty-eight days prior to …


IditaRiders! Get Ready for Your Ride!

Hello IditaRiders! You will soon be headed down the trail for an 11 mile ride at the Start of the 2017 Iditarod!  Get Ready for your ride! Congratulations to the bidders and welcome to the 2017 IditaRider Adventure!   IditaRider Coordinator, Kerry Quade, will be coordinating your ride and week’s events.  Please watch for email and …


Eye on the Trail: Educator’s Conference in Chicago

Educators from around the Lower 48 gathered in the windy city of Chicago for an Iditarod Education Conference. States near and far were represented – Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana, Ohio, New Jersey and Massachusetts. The common goal for all educators in attendance was enhancing knowledge and resources for using the Iditarod to provide students with real …


Qualifier Races for Rookies

Greetings Teachers! What does the word “qualify” mean to you? How about to your students? The world is filled with many important events that one must qualify for or have the certain qualifications of which to participate. There are qualifications for graduation, joining a sports team, entering contests, holding public office, becoming a citizen, applying …


Finding the Way to Nome

Map reading skills are an essential skill for anyone to have, but in the Iditarod, it is extremely important that the mushers are able to guide the dogs to the next checkpoint and, ultimately, to Nome.  While there are thousands of trail markers along the way, it is imperative for mushers to understand the route map and …


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 …


Travel Plans!

Hi Everyone! Just give me a moment here to navigate my way home before I embark on my new idea for you teachers. Let’s see, I need to trot 300 yards north to the training wheel, turn left for 100 yards until I arrive at the storage building, then veer right for 50 yards until …


Top 3 have left ELIM, TRAIL on ice, mushers not off course!

Where as Dallas Seavey only spend 2 minutes in Elim, both Brent Sass and Mitch Seavey were 8 minutes here. Time will tell if those 6 minutes will make a difference. For Mitch, that could have an impact. He has been traveling faster than Brent and is having a few more dogs than Dallas. Looking …


Checklist for Teachers!

Teacher Friends!! The race is on in just a few days! Over the next couple of days in Anchorage, Alaska, the mushers will be meeting to review rules and regulations, signing their trail mail, obtaining their bib numbers at the Mushers’ Banquet, and putting together the last pieces of preparation for the race. They are …