Author: Sanka W. Dog (310 posts)


Sanka’s Race Challenge – Mandatory Gear

What’s in the sled bag?  Every musher is required to carry some mandatory gear. Locate the race rules on the Iditarod web page. Find out what items mushers are required to carry.  Some items are for the well being of the canine athletes and some items are for the safety of the musher.  Make a …

Sanka’s Race 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 Race 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 Race Challenge – How Many Booties?

How many booties will a musher need for the Gold Trail Loop?  Assume a musher will put new booties on at the start and when leaving every checkpoint.  The musher is starting with 14 dogs and plans to finish with 14 dogs.  Remember that a musher is required to carry 8 booties in the sled …

Sanka’s Race 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.  Veteran Mitch Seavey and Rookie Gabe Dunham were the lucky winners for 2020!  Mushers have a lot of expenses, including dog booties.  One bootie costs $3,  but most mushing …

Sanka’s Race 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 …

Sanka’s Race Challenge – Start Times

There are 10 teams registered to run the Jr. Iditarod.  The Jr. Iditarod begins on the last Saturday of February.  The honorary musher will wear bib #1.  The competing mushers will wear bibs 2 through 11.  Bib #2 will leave the start at exactly 10:00 am.  Teams will follow at two-minute intervals.  What time will …

Jr. Iditarod History

This February will mark the 44th running of the Jr. Iditarod.  The Junior, just like the Iditarod, began as a dream.  It was Joe Redington who dreamed of a long distance race across Alaska to commemorate the place of the sled dog in the history of Alaska and bring recognition to the Historic Iditarod Trail.  …

Virtual Trail Journey – Iditarod and Flat City @ Mile 432

BOO again!  Sending a ghostly greeting from ghost town and checkpoint, Iditarod.  Have you ever wondered where the word or name Iditarod came from?  I’ve heard 3 explanations so I’ll share them with you.  First, Iditarod was a word used by Athabascans that meant FAR DISTANT PLACE.  Second, Iditarod was a word used in another …

Virtual Trail Journey – Takotna at Mile 329

The trail used by Iditarod that runs from McGrath to Takotna (tuh-KOTT-nuh) is a well-traveled snowmachine route.  Teams cover the 18-mile distance in two to three hours.  At night or on cold days, the route is generally fast but on warm days, it can be a slow run.  Most of the 18 miles runs either …