Author: Terrie Hanke (327 posts)


Eye on the Trail: Telephoto Story – Special Delivery

Mushers had been arriving at McGrath through out the day on Wednesday, the fifth of March. Most of the teams arriving on this day were choosing to take their 24-hour rest in McGrath. Those leading the race (Aliy Zirkle, Nic Petit, Aaron Burmeister, Jeff King, Sonny Lindner and Robert Sorlie) had gone through the day …


Eye on the Trail: Symposium Open House at Nature’s Kennel

It’s a pleasure to visit Nature’s Kennel to see the tour dogs, the race team dogs and the PUPPIES. The Sunday morning open house is the final activity of the Midwest Musher Symposium and Iditarod Teacher’s Conference. Ed and Tasha Stielstra along with their staff run a first class sled dog kennel. Ask any of …


Eye on the Trail: Michigan Symposium Keynote by Kristi and Anna Berington

“Our first sled was made of a pair of skis and a milk crate that clipped neatly into the bindings. Then we borrowed a handle from one of my Dad’s carts. We had two dogs, a Border Collie and a Great Pyrenees that we harnessed up for our team.”  That’s the story Kristi and Anna …


Eye on the Trail: Symposium/Conference in the UP of Michigan

Mushers and teachers gathered at the Midwest Sled Dog Symposium and Iditarod Teacher’s Conference in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan this final weekend of September. Mother Nature has been stingy with the brilliant colors that typically mark fall but the air is crisp and morning temperatures are dipping lower and closer to the first frost. …


Eye on the Trail: Telephoto Story – McGrath Sunset

McGrath is an important communications, transportation and supply center for interior Alaska. The same is true for the Iditarod. McGrath is one of the major hubs for the race. The village hosts a checkpoint in the community center. A race logistics center is located in the Café near the airstrip. Once the race moves over …


Eye on the Trail: Telephoto Story – The Past, Present and Future of Iditarod

Neither of these fellows have run a dog team to Nome but they represent the past, the present and the future of Iditarod. Who are these two fellows? What Iditarod volunteer job do these men have in common? Where was this photo taken?  Read on to find the answers to these questions. It’s Monday morning. …


Celebration of Life and Tribute to Cyndy Fritts

Cyndy Fritts, long time Iditarod volunteer and organizer of the Skwentna Sweeties, passed away on August 16, 2016 in Eagle River, AK. Cyndy will long be remembered for her warm and friendly personality, her sense of humor, her can do attitude and her generous gifts of time and talent in her role at Iditarod’s Skwentna Checkpoint. …


Eye on the Trail: Telephoto Story – Making History

It’s Unalakleet in 2011.  This musher is preparing to depart the checkpoint to cover the remaining 300 miles to Nome. As he booted his team, he didn’t know he was on course for setting not one but two Iditarod records.  What he hoped was that his strategy of “racing” once he got to the Yukon …


Eye on the Trail: 40th Jr. Iditarod has Early Entries

The 40th Jr. Iditarod has its first entrants. The Jr. event began accepting registrations on the same day registration opened for Iditarod. At the end of the day, three junior mushers had indicated their intention to compete in the 150-mile race that begins on February 25, 2017. The first Jr. Musher to turn her registration in …


Eye on the Trail: Chapter One of Iditarod XLV

It was a busy day at Iditarod Headquarters in Wasilla, Alaska. Yes, at one time there were three tour busses in the parking lot but the real hustle and bustle was about the Musher Sign-up and Volunteer Picnic. It’s the event that thanks volunteers from the previous race and records the first mushers to sign-up …