Personal Fitness

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 …

Bootie Relay

In this relay developed by Cathy Walters, 2009 Iditarod Teacher on the Trail™, students use classroom chairs to represent dog feet.  Students race to bootie up the team The Bootie Relay game can be played indoors or outdoors, using chairs which have 4 separate legs.  Any age group can participate in this activity. How fast …

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 …

Sled Dog Harness System and Activity Guide

Bob FitzPatrick Click to view the PDF Doc. Sled Dog Harness Activity These activities can be adapted for grades 1 – 12.  Activities align with the national pe standards. Standard 1 – The physically literate individual demonstrates competency in a variety of motor skills and movement patterns. Standard 2 – The physically literate individual applies …