Linda Fenton 2013 Teacher on the Trail

2013 Teacher on the Trail Linda Fenton’s Memorable Friendships on the Trail

In 2013 I had the honor to be the Iditarod Teacher on the Trail. I had been using the Iditarod as a teaching tool for many years and, after encouragement from insisting parents, I applied for the position. It changed my life.  My task this year was to come up with a story about my …

Thank You Iditarod

[wpvideo KivsaNI9] My year as 2013 Teacher on the Trail™ is coming to a close and I have yet to wrap my brain around the fact that it actually happened. I can’t finish this adventure without a few thank yous.  Thank you Andrea Aufder Heyde (Finney) for having the tenacity to pursue bringing the Iditarod …

2013 Iditarod Comes To A Close

Christine Roalofs closed the door on the 41st Iditarod earning the Red Lantern Award.  Since Tuesday night, 54 of the 66 mushers who started the race, finished it under the Burled Arch in Nome.  It’s been exciting to see mushers cross the finish line filled with emotion and gratitude.  It’s even more fun watching the …

There’s No Place Like Nome

Nome, Alaska is a city of almost 4,000 residents that sits on Norton Sound at the edge of the Bering Sea.  There is a lot to see and discover here, but the week the Iditarod comes to town, there is something for everyone.  Events began on Monday, March 11 with workshops, talks, tours, an Arts …

Angie Arrives in Nome!

Last fall I contacted former 2nd grade teacher from Ketchikan, Alaska,  Angie Taggart to ask if I could follow her training for the 2013 Iditarod and share it on this blog.  She immediately agreed.  Angie worked hard training with little snow and even some winter rain.  Last night, at 11:50 Nome time, Angie finished the …

The Dog Lot

Dogs and crates everywhere!  That’s the dog lot in Nome.  Once the team crosses under the Burled Arch, Dr. Stu Nelson, Chief Veterinarian does a quick check on each dog.  Every dog on the team gets lots of pets and love from the musher, family and friends.  They have, after all, just run about 1,000 …

The Courage To Join

Before I came on the Iditarod Trail, many students thought I was a musher competing in the race.  My answer was always, “No way, those guys are crazy!”  Now they may be crazy, but I say that with the utmost respect. The top 10 finishers have come in and they have been praised by the …

The Last Word on Dog Pee

A student from Westport, CT asked me why they collect dog pee.  Pee is collected so it can be tested for drugs.  Like human athletes, they are looking for any kind of drugs that make the dogs run faster and stronger. Over the past few days, they took the final collections here in Nome and …

White Mountain

Wednesday, March 13 was another crisp, clear day in Nome, Alaska.  I was just about to write my post for the day about the winning teams, when my friend and pilot Marty asked if I wanted a ride to White Mountain to deliver some items and pick up dropped dogs.  Hmmmmm – YES! White Mountain …

10:40 PM – Nome, Alaska

It was just after 10:30 pm when  the word spread down the chute that Mitch Seavey was in town.  He officially finished Tuesday, March 12 at 10:39:56 pm Nome time as the winner of the 2013 Iditarod.  He was met by family as he crossed under the Burled Arch.  His gear was checked to make …