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Zooms Lens: Wanna Be Iditarod Dogs

Who’s coming in next?  What time are they coming?  How many dogs do they have.  Will they stay or will they take straw and go on through?  Four legged spectators want to know the same things about the race as we humans do.

Zoom Lens: Math in Huslia

Katherine Keith was caring for her canine athletes, massaging their shoulders and applying foot cream. The children were flocked around her as she worked through the team. They were asking countless questions. Then the practical math applications started. One of the young students asked how many dogs she had. Being that she and John Baker …

Zoom Lens: Spectators in Tanana

There is a very famous sprint mushing kennel in Tanana, Erhart Kennel.  Long distance race champions Hugh Neff and Joe Runyan have trained with Lester Erhart.  What races have Joe Runyan and Hugh Neff won?   Runyan has won both the Iditarod and the Yukon Quest.  Neff has won the Quest.  Some of the young …

Zoom Lens: Back of the Pack Tanana

What musher is wearing Fullerton colors?  What Musher is a 4th grade teacher?  What Musher was raised near Liverpool, England?  The thing they have in common is that they are all running in the back of the pack.  

Zoom Lens: Aliy Zirkle into Nenana

Aliy Zirkle has finished Iditarod fifteen times including three consecutive second place finishes.  Zirkle makes it no secret that she wants to be the next woman to win the Iditarod and she’s willing to put forth the necessary effort to do so in training her dogs and herself.  Zirkle is the only woman to have …

Zoom Lens: DeeDee Jonrowe

DeeDee Jonrowe, a breast cancer survivor dresses in pink and is very colorful on the trail. DeeDee is running in her 35th Iditarod.  She’s like the energizer bunny, she keeps going and going.  In less that a half mile, DeeDee will be checking into Nenana, turning in her bib for safe keeping until she reaches Safety …

Zoom Lens: Jody Bailey into Nenena

Taking photos isn’t necessarily easy and it’s even more challenging when it’s cold out.  There’s this thing about keeping the camera cold and the batteries warm.  It’s good to keep the photographer warm too.  To catch these shots, one finds a bend in the trail and lays down flat on your belly then waits for …

Zoom Lens – Ice Bridge

Iditarod teams left the starting line at one end of Pike’s Lodge, traveled in front of the Lodge then went down the boat ramp and out on the river. Locals call it the ice bridge. They explain that even with global warming and climate change, Alaska’s rivers still freeze hard and thick. In some places, …

Zoom Lens: Ceremonial Freight Train

The dogs have been in high gear for 5 blocks since leaving the starting line at 4th and “D”. Then it’s time for a sharp right onto Cordova. The dogs are loving the run and it’s like having twelve powerful diesel engines on a two car freight train. For some mushers, Iditarides and tag sled …

Zoom Lens: Musher’s Draw Start Order

The big event of the Thursday evening Musher Banquet was drawing for bib numbers. After the mushers sign up at the summer picnic, their names are drawn from a hat to determine the order in which bib numbers will be drawn. Those mushers were in the first draw for bibs 2 through 45. The second …