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Where Are They Now? Shelley Gill (Vandiver) 1978 Rookie

Shelley Gill – 1978 Iditarod Dog Musher, Alaskan Author, and Whale Detective  By Joanne Potts, Assistant to the Race Director, and Shelley Gill Shelley Gill is best known as the writer of 30 best selling children’s books, including Kiana’s Iditarod. But Shelley was also the fifth woman and 104th musher to complete the Iditarod Trail Sled …

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Eye on the Trail: Telephoto Story – Are those your real ears?

Two Face, a dog belonging to Matt Failor, seems to be asking Kim Henneman, DVM, DACVSMR from Utah,  “Are those your real ears?”  Or maybe, the dog is inquiring about the shamrocks as the photo was taken on St. Patrick’s Day in Unalakleet. Each year there are approximately 45 veterinarians who come to the Iditarod trail to …

Eye on the Trail: North Carolina Teacher’s Conference

Teachers and Iditarod enthusiast from three southern states (North Carolina, Virginia and Georgia) gathered in Asheville, North Carolina to feed their passion for Iditarod. Former Iditarod Teachers on the Trail™, Martha Dobson (2011), Cathy Walters (2009) and Terrie Hanke (2006) presented sessions that provided the attendees with a sled full of material to enrich classroom …

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 …

Congratulations to our Grand Prize Raffle Winners!

It’s ‘thumbs up’ from Mr. Rod Udd, Anchorage Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM and congratulations to Darwin Fischer, Wasilla, and Kenneth Simpson, Soldotna, 2016 Dodge Ram 4×4 Pickup Truck winners in our 2016 Summer Raffle. Thank you Anchorage Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM for your support of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race®.   Tickets for the …