Author: Jen Reiter (71 posts)

Jen is the 2014 Iditarod Teacher on the Trail

2014 Teacher on the Trail Jen Reiter’s Most Memorable Moment

Every teacher who has served as the Iditarod Teacher on the Trail has the same reaction to the question, “Share your most memorable moment from the trail.” The reaction? An immediate sigh followed by an utter feeling of defeat as you know you will never be able to do your journey justice with one memorable …

Primary Source of the Month: May

The idea of awarding a red lantern to the final finisher in a dog race apparently got its start during the Fur Rendezvous races in 1953 as a joke. When the the Iditarod came into existence, the tradition continued. The award has come to represent the preservation and grit needed to finish the race. The …

Sled Dogs in the Classroom: Wrap Up the Year With a Cooperative Project

This winter looked a little different in downtown Anchorage than it normally does. With the Covid restrictions that were in place, sled dogs were not seen downtown taking off from Fourth Avenue for the start of the Fur Rendezvous or the Iditarod Ceremonial Start in March as they traditionally do. As a way to keep …

If You “Mush” Know: Summer Diets

This month’s question comes from….. Abby What do the dogs eat in the summer? Is it different than during the racing season?   What is on the menu for sled dogs? What a sled dog eats is very important to their performance year round.The dogs’ diet affects their overall health, muscle development, and ability to …

EDU Mail Projects Update

The Iditarod Education program launched two very successful mail based programs this year, to honor the use of the Historic Iditarod Trail as a mail trail: the Iditarod Postcard Challenge and the Educational Trail Mail Art Contest and Trail Mail projects. Sixty classes and homeschool students representing 42 states and Canada, exchanged postcards to teach …

Primary Source of the Month: April

Something that every Iditarod Rookie looks forward to is “earning his or her buckle.” Each Iditarod finisher is awarded a brass finisher’s belt buckle upon the completion of their first race signaling that they are a rookie no more! In the early days of the race, the Nome Kennel club wanted to do something to …

If You Mush Know: Run, Snack, Love

This month’s question comes from: Jack What do the dogs do when a big race like Iditarod is over? What do they do when they get home? What’s next? The Iditarod teams have completed 823 miles of running on the Gold Trail Loop as a team and have navigated tough trail sections and overcome many …

Trophies and Awards

The Iditarod Sled Dog Race honors the teams with a variety of awards, trophies, buckles, patches, and more.  Clicking on an image will open a larger view of it. Keep checking back, we are always adding new objects!  2021 Gold Trail Loop Finisher’s Buckle Teaching Idea

Primary Source of the Month: March

One of the iconic images of the Iditarod is the Burled Arch that stands at the end of the epic journey the teams take across the state of Alaska. But, did you know the current Burled Arch is actually the second arch in Iditarod History? Using the Source With Students: Display the historic photo above …

If You “Mush” Know: How Big are Sled Dogs?

This month’s question comes from….. Grant: How big do sled dogs get? Do they have to be a certain size to race?   Willingness and Heart   Sled dogs come in many sizes with mushers’ preferences ranging from larger dogs with muscular strength to smaller quicker runners. Martin Buser, 4 time Iditarod champion, once wrote, …