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Pi-ditarod

Happy Pi Day! It was another beautiful day in Nome Alaska, and I am celebrating Pi Day by sharing all the ways that Iditarod is associated with pie. I mean pi. Well, actually, I mean both! Pi is the ratio of the circumference of any circle divided by the diameter of that circle. Pi is …

Learning Names, There and Back Again

The Iditarod is an amazing role model for building relationships. It’s one of the few cultures I’ve been in where friendships form instantly, dogs melt your heart on an hourly basis, and the wide open landscapes of ice, snow, and mountains take your breath away and make you want to linger for a day or …

Lessons from a Six-Time Iditarod Champion

Today Dallas Seavey won the 2024 Iditarod, earning a record-breaking six championships. He crossed the finish line under the Burled Arch at 5:16 pm Alaska time with ten dogs. Dallas honored his lead dogs Aero and Timon, saying, “they brought the team home for everyone.” It was amazing to be right on Front Street in …

The Finish Line is in Sight!

I arrived in Nome today and actually got to see the finish line! I was with another new friend, a veterinarian, and we were walking through town to see what we could see. We headed down the hill—and there it was! The Finish banner! It felt surreal! The sign was up and there was the …

Checkpoint Math

All eyes have been glued on the tracker today as the Iditarod starts to set up in anticipation the top five finishers’ order. Checkpoint denizens will mentally calculate the time it will take for the musher to arrive, based on GPS data from the unit each musher carries. The trail down to Unalakleet is long, …

Iditarod from the Air: Big Ideas

Today was an amazing travel day. While mushers cruised along the Yukon River at 5-8 miles per hour on average, they were able to appreciate individual trees dripping with snow, fallen branches, the craggy edges of river bends—all the details of a magnificent, slow journey by dog team. Instead, today I got a bird’s eye …

Iditarod Community

I’ve been at Galena for about 27 hours now.  In that time I’ve observed many interactions that help me understand better what community means. Here are some examples: Charlotte, who lives in this remote Alaskan village, brought moose soup for the mushers. Robert and Katie, volunteers, attend the comms desk and do a great job …

Artistic Iditarod Moments

The Iditarod is full of majestic, sublime moments that are worthy of a painting. Being on the ground and in the air on the trail has put me into close contact with the race, closer than I’ve ever been. Because I’ve only seen the Ceremonial Start and Restart prior to this, my immersion into the …

Untangle Those Dogs and Mush On

This morning I was sitting in the McGrath roadhouse having breakfast with new friends, Iditarod Trail volunteers. Suddenly a representative from Logs, the logistics arm that gets people where they need to be, rushed over. “I found you!” the agent said. “Do you want to go on a scenic flight to Ophir? It would just …

The Trail and Geography

“This is why I’ve been doing this for forty years,” Mark Nordman said, nodding at some school kids animatedly talking across the shop in McGrath where the checkpoint is located. Iditarod finisher, Race Marshal for many years, and all around amazing person, Nordman has been up and down the Iditarod Trail more than anyone. It’s …