Exercise and Conditioning

MUSHER CIRCUIT TRAINING – Getting Yourself in Top Notch Physical Condition

  Lesson Summary:  Not only are the dogs in top notch physical condition for Iditarod, the mushers are too.  Mushers need to have upper body strength, lower body strength, core strength, cardio-vascular endurance, flexibility and mental stamina.  Students will create stations for a circuit-training course aimed at helping mushers improve strength, endurance and flexibility. Procedural …

Idita-Warm-up Activity – Fitness

Lesson Summary:  Cover the distance to Nome by counting laps jogged for warm-up as miles.  Students decide how many days it will take the class to finish the race.  They create a strategy to reach their goal much that same as the mushers do for the race.   The class keeps track of their progress on …

For the Love of Dogs and Humans: Nutritional and Hydration Needs

By Blynne Froke, 2012 Iditarod Teacher on the Trail™, California Iditarod sled dogs are the most amazing athletes in the world, literally.  We love the challenge they embody, both personal and physical, as they run full tilt across the state of Alaska. It is a passion we share with our best friends.  But if our …