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Field trip to the vet check before the race

https://iditarod.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/vetcheck.m4v Every dog that runs in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race must pass extensive medical examinations. Blood work and ECG recordings are included in the exam process. All dogs have microchip implants for identification.  During the race, vets are along the trail at checkpoints to examine the dogs.  Keeping dogs healthy before, during, and …

Iditarod dogs enjoy top notch wellness care

Iditarod dogs enjoy wellness care uncommon among dogs and even most humans. They are currently undergoing extensive preventative exams that include full blood workups and electrocardiograms to ensure they are Iditarod fit. It is with much irony that detractors have used a disinformation smear campaign stating, “if an Iditarod dog is lucky enough to survive …

Interested in Writing to Mushers? READ THIS Please

We are happy to provide you with contact information of mushers agreeing to receive letters from students.  If you are writing to mushers, please follow the instructions below- EVEN if you have done this project before, please read the information again- to gain optimum success on your project. Read the information below, follow the directions …

Eye on the Trail: Julien Takes – Cape Nome

  Photo guy Julien Schroder captured shots of Aliy Zirkle, Matt Hall and Paige Drobny between Safety and Nome.  Of great note is the open sea.  Mushers are re-routed into Nome as it’s not feasible to follow the tradition route on the sea ice from Safety to access Front Street in Nome.

Eye on the Trail: Julien Takes from Rohn

There are many aspects of Iditarod that make the event quite astonishing, not the least of which is the aspect of team work.  Right now race photo-guys Julien Schroeder and Jeff Schultz are snowed in at McGrath and Rainy Pass respectively.  I’ve shared out some of Jeff’s earlier photos as Eye on the Trail: Schultz …

Eye on the Trail: 21st Iditarod Teacher on the Trail™

Brian Hickox from Massachusetts has begun his duties as the 21stIditarod Teacher on the Trail™. Brian has been at summer teachers camp and has been a key presenter, sharing lessons and activities he uses with students in his classroom.  Brian is an 8th grade English Language Arts teacher.  Brian is an energetic, compassionate, humorous, passionate and engaging …

Eye on the Trail: Teachers Busy at Summer Camp

Summer days are supposed to be leisurely but the teacher’s at Iditarod Summer Teacher’s Camp, have been intensely busy.  So much to experience and learn and only ten days to do it!  Katie Mangelsdorf, author of Champion of Huskies, shared stories of Iditarod’s visionary and founder, Joe Redington, Jr.  Before writing the book, Mangelsdorf spent …

Eye on the Trail: Anticipation of Iditarod

There’s plenty of anticipation in Alaska’s Iditarod this final week of June.  Teachers at Iditarod Teacher’s Summer Camp are anticipating soaking up a ton of knowledge on using Iditarod as a theme for education.  Brian Hickox is anticipating the excitement and his responsibilities as the 2019 Iditarod Teacher on the Trail™.  Mushers, both rookies and …

Eye on the Trail: Meet the 20th Iditarod Teacher on the Trail™

Heidi Sloan, a fifth grade teacher from Virginia, will serve as the 20th Iditarod Teacher on the Trail™. Heidi arrived in Alaska for the 2017 Iditarod Summer Teacher’s Camp. During the next two weeks she’ll participate in training for her duties on the trail during the 2018 Iditarod and participate in Teacher’s Summer Camp picking …

Eye on the Trail: Telephoto Story – Musher Canine Bond

 A picture can be worth a thousand words. This photo tells the story of the profound bond between musher and canine.  After arriving in Nome, claiming the Red Lantern Award of Iditarod XLV, Cindy Abbott and her leader, Banana, share a moment under the Burled Arch.