Author: IditarodTeam (140 posts)


Do sled dogs’ feet get cold from running in the snow?

A penguin, a sled dog, and a manatee walk into a diner… Well, maybe not. But even if they don’t frequent the same restaurants, they do share similar adaptations that help them overcome the challenges of life in cold environments. As veterinarians, we’re often asked how dogs can tolerate walking barefoot on snow and ice. …

Get Ready to Visit Iditarod!

by Jen Reiter, EDU Faculty and 2014 Iditarod Teacher on the Trail   With the Iditarod Trail Committee announcing the historic route for the 2021 Race, The Gold Trail, all attention this year will focus on the historic town and checkpoint of Iditarod. Iditarod came into existence after the Christmas Day, 1908 gold strike on …

Iditarod XLIX restart and finish to take place at Deshka Landing

Today, the Iditarod Trail Committee confirmed that both the restart and the finish of the Last Great Race on Earth will take place at Deshka Landing. The decision was mutually made by the Iditarod and the Willow Area Community Organization due to concern for COVID-19 risk mitigation at the Willow Area Community Center, which is …

Iditarod Trail Health and Safety

Alaska Department of Health and Social Services

Alaska Department of Education and Early Development

Alaska Department of Education and Early Development Strategic Plan

Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium

Iditarod EDU Newsletter

Our monthly Iditarod EDU newsletter Mush On! will bring you new ideas, reintroduce familiar standbys, and will be helpful whether you are a rookie or a veteran Iditarod Educator!  Each issue includes links to new and past articles and class activities from throughout the Iditarod EDU website. Click each issue image for a downloadable PDF.  …

The Iditarod announces the Iditarod Gold Trail Loop for its 49th running

  After much deliberation and anticipation of modifications needed to safely execute the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race during a global pandemic, Iditarod race organizers and its board of directors today announced a modified race route in 2021, as well as a comprehensive COVID-19 prevention plan. Dubbed the Iditarod Gold Trail Loop, the race route …

Can a sled dog be an inside dog?

By Lori E. Gordon, DVM Veterinary Surgical Care, Inc. MA Task Force 1 US&R Veterinary Officer, NVRT Veterinary Officer   The answer is maybe. It depends on the dog, both their physical as well as individual emotional state of mind.  It is the combination of their natural personality and their environmental upbringing that can answer …