Author: Diane Johnson (376 posts)


Send a Musher Gram to a Musher!

Call (907) 248-6874 to send a message to a musher. Musher grams are one of the “Iditarod traditions” that race fans love!  Over the years, thousands of messages have been sent to checkpoints to cheer on mushers or wish them good trail. Our volunteers are standing by in our call center 24 hours a day …

Literacy Lessons for the book – Iditarod The First Ten Years AN ANTHOLOGY compiled by THE OLD IDITAROD GANG

The Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race’s early history is recorded in the incredible book, Iditarod – The First Ten Years. This book is a must own for any educator using the race with students. If you don’t own a copy, we highly suggest you make plans to order a copy today.  Order book by clicking …

Speaker Event – Friday, March 6 -Anchorage Lakefront

The public is invited to attend the 2020 Speaker Event. 3rd Floor, Lakefront Tickets:  $20 per person, per speaker Click here to pay in advance or Pay at the door.   9:45 – 10:45:  Shelley Gill:  Author, Iditarod Veteran http://www.shelleygill.com/ Shelley is the author of dozens of books about Alaska and Iditarod 11:00 – 12:00 …

Meet the IditaRiders for the 2020 Iditarod

When the 2020 Iditarod starts on Saturday, March 7, each sled leaving the starting line will have an IditaRider in the basket.  These rides were purchased as a part of our IditaRider auction.  You can learn more about the auction by clicking here. The race bibs that the mushers will be wearing during the Ceremonial …

A Message to All 2020 IditaRiders

Hello IditaRiders! You will soon be headed down the trail for an 11 mile ride at the Start of the 2020 Iditarod on Saturday, March 7.  Congratulations on being a 2020 IditaRider!   First, a big thank you to all bidders who participated in this year’s auction. Your donation to the race is very important!  …

Iditarod and Mushing are Amazing Tools for your Classroom

I’d like to thank Debbie Curry for filling in for me.  Influenza A wasn’t on this week’s to do list… I am so sorry I am not here in McCall.   Before Debbie continues, I just want to thank her for stepping in on such short notice.  Debbie is an alumni of our Alaska events, having …

Students in Takotna Share about their School Year

We would like to thank the students at Takotna Community School and Principal/Teacher Susan Smith, for sharing their December newsletter with us. Enjoy the read.  How does what’s happening at this school along the Iditarod Trail compare with what’s happening in your school? Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4  

Investigating the Surface of the Iditarod Trail: STEM/Science Focus

Investigating the Surface of the Iditarod Trail by Kelly Shusko, Colonial School District, Delaware *This lesson was created for Kindergarten students but is applicable for other grade levels. Standards and Application of lesson: Stem/Science/Social Studies- Geography, Social Emotional Learning The purpose of this lesson is to have students plan and carry out an investigation about …

“Sharing Our Stories” From Student Journalists in Takotna, Alaska

Sharing Our Story from Student Journalists attending Takotna Community School, Takotna, AK Mrs. Smith’s Class Starting the School Day My name is Elijah, am nine years old, and I am in third grade in Takotna, Alaska. I live on Mile 329 of the Iditarod Trail. My job the first week of school was to lead …

Origin of the Iditarod: How did it all begin?

*There’s a big myth and it’s time to bust it!  You can help! Myth: Iditarod is run each year to commemorate the Serum Run.   Truth: Although that event is an extremely important event in the history of Alaska, the fact is, the founders of the race did not take the Serum Run into account when …