Author: Terrie Hanke (608 posts)


Eye on the Trail: Recognizing and Thanking Diane Johnson

When Diane Johnson became director of Iditarod Education in the fall of 2005, the program was in its infancy.  Today as Diane passes the roll onto a new director, the program is well-developed and serving educators and students around the world.  It reminds me of a photo I captured a year ago in Katmai.  A …

Eye on the Trail: Deprez is 2021 Iditarod Teacher on the Trail™

Jim Deprez of Ohio will serve as the twenty-third Iditarod Teacher on the Trail™.  The program began back in 1999 when Andrea (Finney) Auf der Heyde convinced the Iditarod Trail Committee to put a teacher out on the trail to be a direct link between the race and classrooms around the world.  As an Elementary …

Eye on the Trail: Snow, SNOW and MORE SNOW

It was a start like nothing in the recent past.  Nobody can remember having snow falling at a rate of 3 inches per hour for the start of Iditarod.  In the past 24 hours, 16 inches of snow has fallen in Willow.  Some mushers think the snow will slow the teams down early on which …

Eye on the Trail: Waiting to Restart

In only a few hours, the 2020 Iditarod mushers will be on the clock.  The start is scheduled for 1400 going out of the Willow Community Center.  As of now, falling snow – lots of snow – is the big story.  As mushers arrive and take to the trail, many more stories will be shared.  …

Eye on the Trail – Preparing for 2020

As I write, dump trucks are delivering snow to 4th Avenue and Cordova Street to create the “city” part of the trail for the 2020 Iditarod   The Ceremonial Start is the media’s opportunity to feature the mushers and dogs.  It’s the Iditarider’s opportunity to speed down 4th Avenue and through the Anchorage trail system for …

Eye on the Trail – Joanne Potts Honored by Mushers

Upon completion of the Iditarod, rookie mushers receive the coveted finisher’s belt buckle.  Joanne Potts received a 1975 finisher’s buckle at the 2020 Musher’s banquet.  Aaron Burmeister brought Potts to the stage having her draw his starting position from the mukluk then presented her with the finisher’s belt buckle.  Retirement and Joanne Potts just don’t …

Eye on the Jr. – Celebration of Success

The Celebration of Success for the 2020 Jr. Iditarod was held in the Willow Community Center.  Snow had fallen during the night all along the trail and continued through the day on Sunday.  That translates into a slow run for the home stretch of the race.  The mushers and dogs handled it well.  To quote …

Eye on the Jr. – Running to Willow

The Jr. Iditarod mushers are back on the trail heading to Willow and the finish line.  Julia Cross lead all mushers into Yentna and departed at 03:44 to lead all mushers to Willow.  Trailbreakers departed before the mushers.  Measurable snow fell during the night to create a winter wonderland.  Yentna reported 16 inches and Eagle …

Eye on the Jr. – Running to Yentna

It was partly cloudy in Knik and the temperature was just above the zero mark.  Light winds brought the feels like temperature down a few degrees but by mushing standards it is a great day for a race. Mother Nature has been good to mushers and snow machiners over the recent weeks, providing adequate snowfall.  …

Eye on the Jr. – Bib Draw

Nine mushers will be heading to Knik Lake in the morning for the start of Jr. Iditarod XLIII.  Earlier today mushers brought their dogs in for vet check.  This evening they gathered for bib draw, pizza and race rules/information.  As the mushers came forward to draw their bib number, they all had hopes and expectations …