Author: Terrie Hanke (132 posts)


Eye on the Trail: King of Innovation Featured Speaker at Midwest Symposium

Some things are just meant to be associated with another. For example peanut butter goes with jelly, cake goes with ice cream and sleds go with dogs. When I think of four time Iditarod Champion, Jeff King, the word that immediately pops into my mind is innovator. King was the featured closing speaker for the …


Eye on the Trail: Abundant Lessons and Color at Michigan Teacher’s Conference

Teachers had the opportunity to gather a sled full of lesson and activity ideas for their classrooms at the Midwest Sled Dog Symposium and Iditarod Teacher’s Conference in the colorful upper peninsula of Michigan. Nature’s Kennel owners Ed and Tasha Stielstra organized the sixth annual conference and symposium. Opening the teacher’s conference was Nancy Wendt, …


Eye on the Trail: Schroeder Tells of Preparation and Experiences in Iditarod 42

“Money, support and logistics was the hardest part of Iditarod, the dogs were the easiest. Don’t worry about your dogs, worry about your pocketbook.” Those were the first words from Nathan Schroeder of Minnesota to a large crowd at the first morning session of the Midwest Musher Symposium and Iditarod Teacher’s Conference in Michigan the …


Eye on the Trail: Hank DeBruin Opens Symposium in Michigan

Patience, problem solving and enjoying solitude, those are qualities Hank Debruin considers to be essential for a long distance musher. DeBruin and his wife, Tanya McCready-DeBruin, opened the Midwest Musher Symposium and Iditarod Teacher’s Conference in Curtis, Michigan the last weekend of September with stories of Hank’s thousand mile races. Hank and Tanya own and …


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 …