Author: Zuma (85 posts)


Red Lantern

Hello friends, It’s always sad to report the end of another Iditarod. However, we are happy for Victoria Hardwick, the winner of the Red Lantern Award. What does that mean? It means she had the courage and perseverance to not give up. It wasn’t easy, her sled met a tree on the Happy River Steps …

1st Rookie Into Deshka Landing

Hello friends, Almost everyone has crossed the finish line including our first Rookie. (Being a rookie means this is their first Iditarod.) This year’s Rookie of the Year is Chad Stoddard who is from Anchorage, Alaska. Working with dogs is in his blood as his great grandfather delivered mail around the time of the 1925 …

The Race Goes On

Hello friends, It’s not over. Most teams have finished, but at this writing there are still 15 teams on the trail. Some mushers are in the Iditarod for the win, they work and train all year for the opportunity of being the Iditarod Champion. Many more mushers are in the race for the adventure and …

Dallas Seavey Wins 2021 Iditarod

Hello friends, It’s official! Dallas Seavey has won the 2021 Iditarod. He came in to Deshka Landing around 5:00 AM Alaska Time with 10 dogs in harness. Congratulations Dallas. He was followed a few hours later by Aaron Burmeister, then Brent Sass. All mushers looked tired, and the K9s looked like they could run another …

Heading Back

Hello friends, All teams still racing are now facing in the same direction heading to Deshka Landing. The leaders continue to change during the course of the day making for an exciting finish. As of this writing the top 3 teams of Dallas Seavey, Aaron Burmeister, and Brent Sass are within 4 miles of each …

Turning Around

Hello Friends, Many of my K9 companions are either in the Ghost Town of Iditarod or are almost there. Now it’s going to get interesting. Teams will be heading back to Deshka Landing the same way they came, but there will still be teams racing to get to Iditarod. Awoooooo! I am anxious to hear …

Even More Changes

Hello friends, In a year with a pawful of changes, another one was announced today. Alaska’s interior has had a LOT of snow the past few days and the trail breaking crew was having a difficult time creating a well marked trail.  For the safety of everyone, including our trail breaking volunteers, the decision was …

Race Day Three

Hello friends, What a fun race! It seems every time I check the tracker, the lead has changed. According to Race Log #93 only 4 mushers have taken their mandatory 8 hour layover and no teams have taken their 24. Of course, we won’t know the true lead until all the teams have taken their …

Aliy’s Last Race

Hello friends, Every year I get asked the same question from students, “Who is your favorite musher?” As a K9 reporter I try to stay impartial, but I can’t help it, Aliy Zirkle is my favorite. No one has a brighter smile or more positive energy on the trail. This year is her final Iditarod …

PAWS ARE ON THE TRAIL!

 Hello Friends, With temperatures around 25°F and under a bluebird sky, 47 sled dog teams took off on the Iditarod Trail. Awooooo! It was fun to watch my K9 friends so excited to be on the trail doing what they love best – rrrrrunning. Some 1st graders from Ann Arbor, Michigan have a few questions …