Author: Brian (59 posts)


A Chapter’s End

“Traveling – it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.” – Ibn Battuta As the 2019 Iditarod Summer Camp for Educators is about to begin, my role as the Teacher on the Trail™ is coming to an end. My experience on the trail and teaching with the Iditarod has been amazing and extraordinary! …

5 Lessons and Ideas to Kick Off Your Iditarod Unit

Every year, the Iditarod captivates students on a national and international scale. And, thinking about the many ways that the Iditarod can be integrated into the classroom, it is not surprising that students love learning about The Last Great Race®. More often than not, students are immediately hooked due to their love of dogs and …

Telling Time on the Trail

If you’ve ever looked at the race standings or race archives, I’m sure you quickly noticed that the Iditarod uses Military Time. Whereas many people typically use a 12-hour standard time system in which “a.m.” and “p.m.” differentiate the morning from afternoon/evening, Military Time is based on a 24-hour recording system. One of the primary …

One For the Books

It is bittersweet to say that it is time to go home and I’ll soon be “Shipping Up to Boston” (a Dropkick Murphys reference). My time and experience in Alaska has been unreal! I have already been asked the question many times: What was your favorite part of the trip? I believe I’ve given a …

The Backbone of the Iditarod

This evening, many of the Iditarod volunteers gathered together and enjoyed a potluck-style dinner to celebrate another successful race year. Volunteers- comms, logistics, IAF pilots, veterinarians, trail guards, dog handlers, teachers, and more- sat and shared trail-tales that made you laugh, smile, and wish to be back on the trail.  Pete Kaiser, 2019 Iditarod Champion, …

The Countdown Begins

With the 2019 Iditarod being officially over, the countdown to the 2020 Iditarod has already begun. You’ll notice the countdown timer on the Iditarod homepage is currently leading us to the start of next year’s race. If you’re looking for a fun and artistic activity, have your students design their own personalized 2020 Iditarod-themed calendar. …

The Red Lantern Award

At 1:51 this afternoon, Victoria Hardwick crossed the finish line in Nome, AK, and earned herself the honorable Red Lantern Award. The Red Lantern is given to the last musher who crosses the finish line and completes the Iditarod. Victoria, an Iditarod rookie, was the 39th musher to successfully travel the approximate 1,000 mile southern …

Stories From the Trail

This evening was the Iditarod XLVII Awards Banquet at the Nome Recreation center. The intent of this event is to recognize the current finishers of the 2019 Iditarod and also to award several of them for various accomplishments while being on the trail. You must remember that the race is not over until the last …

Show Me the Goods

It’s been a blast being able to see mushers arrive under the Burled Arch in Nome. If you’ve been accessing Iditarod Insider to watch the mushers reach the finish line, after seeing them spend some time celebrating, you may have noticed that a race official has requested them to “come on over” to the sled …

Iditarod Air Force

Every year, hundreds of volunteers take on various roles and effectively make the Iditarod work. Some estimate that more than 1,500 people volunteer per a race. Volunteer positions include dog handlers, security, veterinarians, trailbreakers, communications (“comms”), cooks, logistics, and more. Arguably speaking, one of the most important group of volunteers is the Iditarod Air Force, …