Author: Sanka W. Dog (294 posts)


Sanka’s Weekly Challenge: Yentna Restart Times

The JR Iditarod mushers run 75 miles out to the Yentna Station Road House. The starter/timer out at Yentna records the time each of the JR Iditarod mushers checks into the halfway checkpoint.  Your problem is to calculate the time each of the mushers can depart Yentna for the finish line in Willow.  The mushers …

Sanka’s Weekly Challenge – Differential

How can the first team to cross the finish line be the winner if teams depart from the start at 2 minute intervals?  Teams are required to take a long rest.  For the JR Iditarod it’s 10 hours and for Iditarod it’s 24 hours.  A time adjustment is added to their departure after the long …

Sanka’s Weekly Challenge: How Many Booties?

How many booties will a musher need for the southern route?  Assume a musher will change booties once every 50 miles.  The actual length of the southern route is 998 miles.  The musher is starting with 14 dogs and must plan to take the whole team to Nome.  Also remember that a musher is required …

Sanka’s Weekly Challenge – Buying Booties

On the day of the June Volunteer/Musher Signup Picnic, two musher’s names are drawn at the end of the day to receive the $3,000 entry fee. Anja Radano and Jeff Deeter were the lucky winners!  Mushers have a lot of expenses, including dog booties.  One bootie costs $3,  but most mushing supply companies offer a quantity …

Sanka’s Weekly Challenge – AM or PM?

How do race officials avoid a mix up between times before noon and times after noon?  In civiliam time, an AM or PM is added to the time.  During the race, times are reported using the 24-hour clock known as Military time. Briefly, 12:00 AM or midnight is written as 0000 hours.  1:00 AM is written …

Sanka’s Weekly Challenge – Start Times

There are 53 teams registered to run Iditarod XLVII.  The Ceremonial start will be on March 2, 2019 in downtown Anchorage. The honorary musher will wear Bib 1.  The competing mushers will wear bibs 2 thru 54. Bib 1 will leave the starting line at exactly 10:00.  Teams will follow at two-minute intervals.  What time …

Sanka’s Zoom Lens: Jinx, Dream a Dream’s Cat

Dream a Dream Dog Farm is not only home to forty sled dogs and a border collie, but Jinx lives there too.  Jinx reminds me of Danger, a cat that lived with Libby Riddles.  Who is Libby Riddles?  What is she famous for in the world of Iditarod?  Libby has written Danger the Dog Yard …

Sanka’s Zoom Lens – Harnessing & Booting

It’s a tradition at Iditarod Summer Teacher’s camp – Harnessing and Booting.  Teachers pair up to harness and boot a dog.  Each member of the team has to put the harness on properly and then apply four booties.  After completing the task and removing the harness and the boots, it’s the next team members turn. …

Zoom Lens by Sanka – Candy Bars

There are eleven 8 week old puppies at Dream A Dream Dog Farm.  They are enthusiastic, energetic and cute.  Everyday the puppies go for walks with mushers Vern Halter and Cindy Abbott.  This week the teachers attending Iditarod Summer Teacher’s Camp have joined the walks on the trails through the woods.  Brian Hickox, Iditarod’s 2019 …

Zoom Lens – Pizza

Andrew Nolan fed his dogs and went to the checkpoint for some sourdough pancakes and bacon.  Then he slept for a couple of hours. When he came back to where his dogs were resting, it looked as if they had called Peace on Earth, the pizzeria in Unalakleet, and ordered a pizza to share.  A …