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The Iditarod enlists infectious disease epidemiologist to advise on 2021 race planning

For its 49th running in March 2021, the Iditarod is developing a multi-tier COVID-19 mitigation plan to account for various permutations of the pandemic. The plan outlines specific safety protocols for different scenarios, contingency drills and rapid responsiveness with the goal of zero community transmission. The plan addresses every facet – from the race rookie …

Become the next Iditarod Teacher on the Trail™! 

Calling all educators, you are invited to apply for the 2022 Iditarod Teacher on the Trail.  Applications are due December 1, 2020, so it’s not too late for you or someone you know to apply. Note:  Some changes to the application have recently been made, but If you have begun the application process with the …

Iditarod EDU announces virtual fall conference

Technology in an Ecosystem that Demands Greater Access Sign up by September 30 – $100 After September 30 – $125   Can’t attend on these dates? No problem, a digital copy is available for $89. Register for the conference here. Schedule Friday, October 16 Iditarod EDU Fireside Chat 2 – 4 p.m. Alaska Time   …

The Iditarod announces interim Associate Director of Education

The Iditarod is proud to announce that we have selected an interim Associate Director of Education, 2008 Iditarod Teacher on the Trail ™, Jane Holmes.  Jane is a 6th grade elementary teacher at Ursa Major Elementary School, in Anchorage. Alaska has been home to Jane since 2015, when she began teaching at Togiak School in …

Eye on the Trail: Recognizing and Thanking Diane Johnson

When Diane Johnson became director of Iditarod Education in the fall of 2005, the program was in its infancy.  Today as Diane passes the roll onto a new director, the program is well-developed and serving educators and students around the world.  It reminds me of a photo I captured a year ago in Katmai.  A …

Iditarod HQ summer hours restored

Iditarod Headquarters is now open 7-days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Stop by and check out the beautiful cabins, gift shop, Iditarod memorabilia, and watch the Iditarod video. Store hours were temporarily suspended this spring, due to COVID-19. Iditarod HQ reopened its doors on May 29, with limited hours, and has taken …

2021 Iditarod Teacher on The Trail ™ Begins His Journey

The Iditarod is proud to announce that Jim Deprez will serve as the twenty-third Iditarod Teacher on the Trail.  Jim is in his 15th year of teaching at elementary education. After growing up in central Massachusetts, he went to college in Ohio and pursued a career in teaching. Since then, Jim has taught grades 2, …

Eye on the Trail: Deprez is 2021 Iditarod Teacher on the Trail™

Jim Deprez of Ohio will serve as the twenty-third Iditarod Teacher on the Trail™.  The program began back in 1999 when Andrea (Finney) Auf der Heyde convinced the Iditarod Trail Committee to put a teacher out on the trail to be a direct link between the race and classrooms around the world.  As an Elementary …

57 mushers enter Iditarod XLIX on opening day

  Today, the Iditarod announced that 57 mushers have submitted their entries for the 49th running of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race to be held in March of 2021. This number represents 17 more or a 42.5% higher number than was submitted at this time last year. In the spirit of social consciousness, the …

2020 Iditarod Summer Raffle underway

The Iditarod Summer Raffle has begun! This is your chance to win one of the two 2020 Dodge Ram 4×4 Pickup Trucks or one of the eight $1,000 cash prizes. Ticket price is $100 each and there are only 2,000 tickets available.    Drawing held Wednesday, September 30, 2020 on The Iditarod Facebook Live. Due …