Author: Terrie Hanke (128 posts)


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: Volunteer Picnic & Musher Sign-up

It’s the last Saturday of June. Time to say thank you to the hundreds of volunteers who came together and gave generously of their time and talents to make the 42nd Last Great Race possible. There are two hundred fifty one days until the start of Iditarod 2015. Musher signup began at 09:30 at Iditarod …


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 …


Eye on the Trail: Summer Camp – Teachers Live Dream

Teachers who use Iditarod as a theme for education in their classrooms gathered to participate in hands on learning this week at the 2014 Iditarod Summer Camp for Teachers. Participants are from Wisconsin, New York, Iowa, South Dakota, Maryland and Indiana. These teachers will return home with a sled filled of ideas about using Iditarod …


Eye on the Trail – Remembering Joe Delia, an Iditarod Legend

by Terrie Hanke Iditarod has many legendary figures. Most have stood on sled runners and coached dog teams from Fourth Avenue in Anchorage to Front Street in Nome. Joe Delia has never run a dog team in the Last Great Race but his contributions to the race were instrumental in the establishment and success of …


Eye on the Trail: Strawberries, Prime Rib, Dogs and Roses

When the lead dogs of the race champion are draped in yellow roses, the celebration of success concludes. Roughly 700 mushers, volunteers, fans, friends and sponsors gathered at the Nome Community Recreation Center to laud and applaud the accomplishments of the finishers of an Iditarod that will be remembered for a very long time. It’ll …


Eye on the Trail: Bits and Pieces Part II

Throughout the race when there has been enough bandwidth to support a SKYPE call, I’ve talked with several schools back home in Wisconsin. The students at one school had created a list of numbers, similarities and patterns. Aliy has captured second place in three consecutive Iditarod races. The time difference this year was 2:22. Dallas …


Eye on the Trail: 47, 48 & Red Lantern

Monica Zappa, Lisbet Norris and Marcelle Fressinea, all rookies, have arrived in Nome. The last musher to make the burled arch is asked to extinguish the Widow’s Lamp, an act that signifies all mushers are off the trial. The newly fallen snow slowed the trio of final mushers. Compared to the icy trail the coaches …


Eye on the Trail: Bits and Pieces from Nome

There’s so much for your senses in Nome, eyes and ears especially. I’ve taken lots of notes and as the race wraps up, I want to share some of the flavor of Iditarod along the trail and in the Community of Nome. Here goes… Last year in Unalakleet, I noticed this little stuffed critter hanging …


Eye on the Trail: 44, 45 & 46!

Welcome to Nome was the announcement/proclamation heard on Front Street this morning at 0220. The incoming Iditarod finisher was Tommy Jordbrudal. The rookie finished in 44th place with an average speed of 3.22 miles per hour. Tommy didn’t have his first mushing experience in his home land of Norway but rather in Juneau, Alaska. That …