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A View From Behind

Every year, lucky Iditarod fans have the opportunity to be an IditaRider during the ceremonial start of the race. Essentially, IditaRiders are people who get to ride in the sled of one of the Iditarod mushers. I was incredibly fortunate to ride in the sled of Ramey Smyth, who’s wearing bib #6 during this year’s …

Prepping the Ceremonial Start

On the first Saturday of March every year, the Ceremonial Start of the Iditarod takes place in downtown Anchorage. Thousands of people will line the streets of Fourth Avenue, as well as the rest of the route, in order to cheer on the mushers as they depart from the starting line at Fourth Avenue and …

2019 Musher Drawing Banquet

This evening, the 2019 Iditarod Musher’s Drawing Banquet took place at the Dena’ina Civic and Convention Center in downtown Anchorage. Prior to the banquet, Iditarod fans had the opportunity to have a meet-and-greet with this year’s mushers. Many pictures were taken, thousands of autographs were signed, and hundreds of people left happy after having met …

Iditarod Vet Checks

If you ever have the chance to speak with any musher, or see them with their dogs, you will quickly learn how much the mushers love their dogs, know their dogs, care for their dogs, and will do anything to ensure that their dogs are happy and healthy. On a year-round basis, mushers conscientiously and …

More on Musher Monica Zappa

Growing up in Wisconsin, Monica Zappa was accustomed to being around sled dogs due to the fact that her parents mushed and competed in mid-distance races. After years of being away from mushing and earning various college degrees- a B.S. in Meteorology and a M.S. in Geography- Monica eventually had the thought of heading to …

Mushing with Math and the Jr. Iditarod

Are you in need of a math lesson that will engage your students and allow them to make a real-life connection? Integrate the Jr. Iditarod into your classroom and provide your students with opportunities to learn math concepts while using relevant and timely data. Just like the Iditarod mushers, the Jr. mushers also have records …

Another Successful One in the Books

The 2019 Jr. Iditarod has officially come to an end with the safe and successful arrival of all seven mushers. Last night, the mushers spent their night at Yentna Station. Whenever a musher approached the entrance to the checkpoint, you could hear someone yell, “dog team!” This quickly alerted everyone to prepare for the musher’s arrival. …

And They’re Off!

This morning, the Jr. Iditarod mushers arrived at Knik Lake early in the morning in order to pack their sleds and prepare to make their way to Yentna Station. The temperatures were brisk, and the sky was blue and incredibly clear. Yentna serves as the halfway point of the race and it is also the …

Jr. Iditarod Mushers Gear Up for the Trail

This evening was the 2019 Jr. Iditarod mandatory musher meeting. Now, don’t let the term “junior” make you think that these mushers don’t know what they’re doing. In fact, this year’s group of mushers collectively bring a tremendous amount of mushing experience and knowledge to the table. Additionally, many of the 2019 Jr. Iditarod mushers …

Connecting With Students

For the first several weeks while I am in Alaska, I have been and will continue visiting various elementary schools in the Anchorage and Mat-su Valley areas. It is an honor and privilege being invited to speak to the local students and share about the Iditarod. Although I am typically used to teaching older middle …