Author: Heidi Sloan (120 posts)


GPS Trackers

Dear Friends, In order to keep track of the dog teams, musher sled bags have booties pinned onto them!  Inside the booties are GPS tracking devices. There are two placed on each musher’s sled.  They not only record the location of each musher’s sled, but they also record the speed with which they are traveling, …

Boring?

Dear Friends, Some of the mushers are now leaving Ruby, the checkpoint where they will then start running on the mighty Yukon River.  The only problem with running on the huge river, which is frozen over, is that it can get boring for the dogs.  Did you know dogs can get bored?  On the mile-wide …

Setbacks

Dear Friends, As the race goes on, some of the mushers share their trail stories.  Ryan Redington, a veteran musher, shared about some setbacks he has had.  A setback is something that holds you back or slows your progress.   Ryan told of being sick in the Nikolai checkpoint.  That’s no fun when you have …

Dog Gear

Dear Friends, Have you noticed what the sled dogs are wearing?  Sometimes they are stylin’ in the race!  Sled dogs have accessories that are practical for running across Alaska.  Colorful booties on their feet keep wet snow from packing up between their toe pads. With designer harnesses or just plain, the dogs look official and …

Slowing Them Down

Dear Friends, I hope you have been watching the race standings and seeing at which checkpoint mushers are taking their 24 hour rest!   Some people worry that it’s hard to make the dogs run.  Mushers know it’s not a problem to get Alaskan huskies to run; the difficult part is to get them to …

Run and Rest Schedule

Dear Friends, It’s been another great day on the snowy Iditarod Trail!  The race is labeled “about” 1,049 miles across Alaska.  Many people ask this question about sled dogs.  “Do they get to rest on this long race?”  The answer is a resounding, “Yes!”   Mushers are like students.  Many plan out their schedules very …

What Obstacles Will They Face?

Dear Friends, The mushers are on their way!  Many teams will reach the checkpoint of Finger Lake Monday evening and Tuesday.  Finger Lake can have up to 10 feet of snow!  Do you know what that means for us dogs?  If another musher wants to pass, or if the team wants to rest, it is …

2020 Mushers

Dear Girls and Boys, The 2020 Iditarod mushers are on the trail now with their dog teams!  Who are they?  Look at the pattern of numbers!  (Thanks to Eye on the Trail reporter, Terrie Hanke, for this interesting  info!) 12 rookies (never run the Iditarod before) and 45 veterans (have run at least once) 12 …

Bringing in the Snow

Dear Boys and Girls, Tonight something special happens in the city of Anchorage, Alaska!  Today, the day before the ceremonial start of the Iditarod Sled Dog Race, the streets of the city are like any other.  The snow is  plowed off roads so cars can easily drive through town.  But tonight… the streets of Anchorage …

Junior Mushers Race!

Dear Boys and Girls, Over the weekend, lots of sled dogs and nine teen mushers are competing in the Jr. Iditarod.  What’s different?  It’s a shorter race.  The mushers, age 14 – 17, race 75 miles from Knik Lake to Yentna Station.  They camp OUTSIDE with their dogs overnight, at least staying the required 10 …