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Eye on the Trail: Telephoto Story – First Class Athletes

No roads to Nome and no roads home after Iditarod.  Sled dog athletes are being loaded onto an Alaska Air Boeing 737-400 Combi for their journey to the road system and eventually home.  According to information posted by Alaska Air, freight is located in the front half of the aircraft while passengers fly coach in rows 17 to …

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, …

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 …

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 …

Redington Mural Dedicated at Joe Redington Sr. High School

A ribbon cutting and dedication ceremony for the  Redington Mural, a 72-foot-long canvas with 220 photos, was held on Sunday, April 25, (2016) at the Joe Redington Sr. High School. The work not only showcases the life of Joe Redington Sr. but also the history of the Iditarod Sled Dog Race with checkpoints and standout …

The Redington Mural

You’re invited to celebrate the Redington Mural, a 72-foot-long canvas with 220 photos. Thework not only showcases the life of Joe Redington Sr. but also the history of the Iditarod SledDog Race with checkpoints and standout mushers. Created by Photographer Kevin Smith. Location: Joe Redington Sr. High School, 10015 Redington Road (south on Knik-Goose Bay Road …