Author: Terrie Hanke (676 posts)


A Tribute to Gail Somerville, Friend of Iditarod EDU

Iditarod Educators, both near and far, wish to pay tribute to and celebrate Gail Somerville’s life and contributions to Iditarod EDU.  Our dear friend, Gail passed away on May 23, 2021. Gail left Los Angeles for the last frontier in 1978.  Shortly after arriving in Anchorage she found herself at the Iditarod table at the …

Sled Dogs – The Ultimate Athletes

A standard marathon is 26.2 miles in length.  Iditarod’s Gold Trail Loop of 2021 was 832 miles long.  That is pretty close to the length of 32 marathons.  If you’ve ever met a marathoner at the finish line, the runner is spent.  Even if you give your runner something to drink, a chunk of banana …

Eye on the Trail: Special Awards 49th Iditarod

When it comes to Iditarod history, the 49th race was indeed unique.  It was a combination of perseverance, innovation, teamwork and determination.  There was COVID-19, a new route that went up the down staircase, minimal interaction with villagers and camping in frigid temperatures and like always there were stories and events that made the race …

Eye on the Trail: Sled Dogs – The Ultimate Athletes

A standard marathon is 26.2 miles in length.  Iditarod’s Gold Trail Loop of 2021 was 832 miles long.  That is pretty close to the length of 32 marathons.  If you’ve ever met a marathoner at the finish, the runner is spent.  Even if you give your runner something to drink, a chunk of banana and …

Eye on the Trail: Red Lantern Race Was Close

The last two mushers were waiting in SKW-WM for their required 8-hour rest to expire.  Victoria Hardwick of Bethel took to the trail at 14:57.  Dakota Schlosser of Willow was released at 14:59.  The two mushers were competing for the honor of perseverance -THE RED LANTERN and a Jon Van Zyle original painting.  It wasn’t …

Eye on the Trail: Hal, Larry and Will in Deshka

Hal Hanson was resting in SKWM (Skwentna White Mountain) and talked to Liz Raines, Insider’s Back of the Pack reporter.  Throughout that interview Hal kept coming back to not wanting the race to be over.  His dogs were maturing and he was very proud of their growth and development.  His team started the race in …

Eye on the Trail: Rookies McNeal, Jagow, Underwood and Tuminelli Finish

Joshua McNeal made Deshka Landing and the un-burled arch at 07:07 on Wednesday morning.  Joanna Jagow followed at 08:54 and Sean Underwood closed out the morning arrivals at 11:48.  These three along with all rookie finishers and Rookie of the Year, Chad Stoddard will receive the coveted belt buckle. McNeal drove a team of nine …

Eye on the Trail: Beals, Hall and Buser at Deshka

Travis Beals placed 25th in his 8th running of Iditarod.  Beals is 8 for 8 in his Iditarod career with 3 top 10 finishes and a personal best of 5th place.  In 2015 he was honored as the Most Improved Musher raising his previous finish of 37th to 11th place.  Travis was born and raised …

Eye on the Trail: Failor, Stoddard and the Twins

Matthew Failor of 17th Dog Kennel has finished his ninth Iditarod in 21st place.  Failor was one of the three mushers, including Tom Knolmeyer and Sean Underwood, who encountered serious overflow near Safety Checkpoint in the 2020 race and deemed it necessary to scratch.  Failor’s personal best finish is 13th.  Beginning with the 21st musher, …

Eye on the Trail: Rounding out the top 20

  Ryne Olson has taken a giant leap from a previous best finish of 31st to making the un-burled arch in 18th place on Tuesday.  Ryne is 3 for 3 with Iditarod finishes. She moved to Alaska from Durango, Colorado to pursue dog mushing with Aliy Zirkle and Allen Moore at SP Kennels.  During her …