Author: Terrie Hanke (339 posts)


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 …


MUSHER CIRCUIT TRAINING – Getting Yourself in Top Notch Physical Condition

  Lesson Summary:  Not only are the dogs in top notch physical condition for Iditarod, the mushers are too.  Mushers need to have upper body strength, lower body strength, core strength, cardio-vascular endurance, flexibility and mental stamina.  Students will create stations for a circuit-training course aimed at helping mushers improve strength, endurance and flexibility. Procedural …


Idita-Warm-up Activity – Fitness

Lesson Summary:  Cover the distance to Nome by counting laps jogged for warm-up as miles.  Students decide how many days it will take the class to finish the race.  They create a strategy to reach their goal much that same as the mushers do for the race.   The class keeps track of their progress on …


Iditarod Trail Team Sports and Activities

Lesson Summary:  Create checkpoints in a large outdoor area.   Each checkpoint will have a team oriented or relay type activity that will advance the team to the next checkpoint or must be completed before the team can move to the next checkpoint.  Iditarod Trail can be scaled to take only 1 period of Physical Education …


GO THE DISTANCE WELLNESS: Personal Physical Fitness

  Lesson Summary: Participants travel the distance of the Iditarod Trail by converting minutes of exercise to miles along the trail with the goal being to reach Nome before a predetermined date (perhaps the finish of the race). Procedural Activities:  Advertise this Wellness Initiative and encourage participants to commit to going the distance by participating …


CHECKPOINT FITNESS: Aerobic & Strength Exercises

Lesson Summary: Students run, jog or walk for a predetermined amount of time and intensity around the gym.  When time is up, students choose a checkpoint to go to.  A student rolls the die to determine what exercise the group will do.  All students perform the exercise.  Repeat. Procedural Activities:  The instructor selects 6 activities …


Calories In – Calories Out – Nutrition and Energy Expenditure

This is a project that includes physical activity and journaling.  As students participate in physical activity during class or outside of class, they will keep a record of calories expended or burned.  For example, riding an exercise bike for 30 minutes at a rate of 16 mph burns approximately 200 calories.  The student would progress …


Idita – Aerobics

In this lesson, students will participate in aerobic activity and progress along the Iditarod trail using minutes as miles.  To follow the F.I.T. Principle, students should participate in aerobic activity 3 to 5 times per week for 30 minutes while working in his/her target zone.  For each minute of aerobic activity, the student moves 1 …


Aerobic Scavenger or Checkpoint Hunt

Aerobic Scavenger or Checkpoint Hunt:  Students should be in teams of 3 or 4.  On a large area such as a football or soccer field, spread 26 cones out and conceal slips of paper with checkpoint names under them.  Cones are arranged in a random manner.  The object of this game is to travel from …


Eye on the Trail: Telephoto Story – Sleds to the Trail

What’s the rule for mushers sending sleds out to checkpoints on the trail? The past few years have proven that sleds can and do break. Coming through the Buffalo Tunnels or over the snow starved Farwell Burn can tax event the sturdiest of sleds. Also, different portions of the trail lend themselves better to faster …