Author: Martha Dobson (63 posts)


Teachers, Learn about the Iditarod, in North Carolina!

Registration for an educators workshop is now open, for an event in October. Find out more here… Or, find out more about events scheduled elsewhere in the Lower 48, here.


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 …


Virtual Fans–the Live Chat

by Martha Dobson Most sporting events have a stationary arena or track, where fans sit to watch the game, the race, the contest. They drive there, park, walk to the event’s arena or stadium. They take the train or light rail, charter a bus, traveling to the event. But for the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog …


Iditarod Hands

by Martha Dobson What the hands do. An album of Iditarod hands.


Peanut Butter and Jelly

Make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich for lunch in Unalakleet. http://iditarod.com/teacher/make-a-peanut-butter-and-jelly-sandwich-in-unalakleet/  


Yentna, Getting It Done

by Martha Dobson A well-oiled machine. Smooth as silk. The Yentna checkpoint race routine is a machine that’s smooth as silk. Years of running the checkpoint creates experience which pays off in getting the tightly bunched mushers checked in and out of the checkpoint, a place where teams usually go through without staying. Dan and …


Finalists for the 2017 Iditarod Teacher on the Trail

Three teachers from Colorado, Illinois, and Massachusetts are finalists for the 2017 Iditarod Teacher on the Trail™ position. Having been chosen based on their submitted applications, these teachers are now in Anchorage for interviews, projects, and experiences in their quest to become named to this position for the 2017 Iditarod. Read all about these talented …


Finalists for the 2017 Iditarod Teacher on the Trail™

by Martha Dobson, Iditarod Educational Consultant Three teachers from Colorado, Massachusetts, and Illinois competed for  the 2017 Iditarod Teacher on the Trail™ position, Annie Kelly of Illinois, Don Thomas of Massachusetts, and Dana Tuyls of Colorado. Annie Kelley and Iditarod connected during her student teaching experience in Ohio. In her classroom the next year, searching …


“Loafer from Ophir”–New Race Award

Rodger Roberts, “The Loafer from Ophir”, was born on July 25th, 1945 and left us to be with his old leader ‘Buddy’ on March 25th, 2015.  Loafer lived in Ophir as its only permanent resident from the early 70’s through the late 80’s, making a living mining for gold, raising dogs and trapping. Though he …


The History of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race

The History of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race® Since 1973, mushers have challenged themselves in a race nicknamed The Last Great Race on Earth®, racing each March from Anchorage to Nome, Alaska. Nearly a thousand miles in length, mushers and teams travel over mountain ranges, through monotonous, flat tundra, to the western Alaskan coast …