Zuma's Paw Prints

Writing to Mushers

    Hi Boys and Girls, I’ve been trying to find Iditarod things to do since the end of the race.  The race is over, the mushers and teams are home or heading home, and all is quiet at the checkpoints.  So what now???  I’ve decided to write a letter to some of my favorite …

Finishers Banquet

    Hi Boys and Girls, This years Iditarod wrapped up Sunday night at the Finishers Banquet.  After a yummy dinner, all the awards earned were given out.  Congratulations to the award winners. This years awards: PenAir Spirit of Alaska Award- presented to the first musher to reach the checkpoint of Mcgrath.  This years winner …

Awards!

Hello friends, Here it is . . . the end of another Iditarod. Lots of my K9 friends crossed under the Burled Arch in Nome with happy faces and tail wags. 52 teams finished the race with Joar Leifseth Ulsom claiming first and Magnus Kaltenborn claiming the Red Lantern. The Finisher’s Banquet was held Sunday …

Red Lantern and the Widows Lamp

    Hi Boys and Girls, Have you ever wondered what the Red Lantern is?  Why would the last musher to cross the finish line get a special award?  The Red Lantern actually started as a joke in 1953 during the Fur Rendezvous Race.  It then passed over to the Iditarod.  Today it is a …

Daily Update 15

  Hi Boys and Girls, The final team has crossed under the Burled Arches.  Magnus Kaltenborn has received the Red Lantern award for being the last team to cross the finish.  Congratulations to all the mushers!  See you tomorrow night at the Finishers Banquet.            Finished: Shaynee Traska 12 days 16 …

Daily Update 14

  Hi Lads and Lassies, Top of the morning to you!  Hope you are enjoying St. Patricks Day!  A lot has been happening out on the trail.  Fifteen teams have crossed under the Burled Arches.  There are only 5 teams left out on the trail and all are out of White Mountain and on their …

Daily Update 13

  Hi Boys and Girls, Good Morning.  Twelve more mushers have crossed under the Burled Arches.  There are 22 teams still on the trail.  Weather has played a big role in the race this year.  Have you been keeping up with the weather stories?  We have also had two teams withdrawn from the race.  Do …

Daily Update 12

Hi Boys and Girls, Good Morning.  Nome has been a busy place since yesterday morning.  19 mushers  have arrived since Joar went under the Burled Arches. Matthew Failor and Ketil Reitan arrived 12 seconds apart.  I bet that was exciting to see.  There are still 38 teams out on the trail.   Let’s cheer them on!  …

Gratulerer Joar!

Hello friends, “Joar Leifseth Ulsom, welcome to Nome!” This was the announcement overheard in the streets of Nome at 3:00 AM Alaska Time. Woowoowoooo! It was a nice looking dog team of 8 dogs that crossed the finish line. They had smiles on their faces and tails in the air. Joar won over $50,000 and …

Daily Update 11

  Hi Boys and Girls, We have a winner. Joar Leifseth Ulsom crossed the finish line this morning at 3:00 am AST.  I was so excited I woke everyone up with my howling.  Congratulations Joar.                     There are still 58 teams out on the trail.  They …