Teacher's Journal

And So It Begins…

I can’t believe it is here… the journey that I have been thinking about for years is now coming to fruition.   Hello to everyone in Iditarod nation! I am extremely excited to begin this adventure as the 2021 Iditarod Teacher on the Trail™. My name is Jim Deprez and I am a 3rd grade …

A Year to Remember

Tails from the Trail- Finish! It is hard to believe my year as the Teacher on the Trail™ is coming to an end.  This experience has been absolutely amazing, and without a doubt, a journey of a lifetime! I am grateful to everyone at the Iditarod EDU and our sponsors for this opportunity.  As I …

A Journey with the 8 Traits of the Iditarod

Tails from the Trail Looking for a way to incorporate the Iditarod into your classroom during distance learning? Check out this lesson that incorporates the 8 Traits of Iditarod into your student’s daily activities. The 8 Traits of Iditarod are a great way to include the Iditarod in your character education program.  The 8 Traits of …

Iditarod Scavenger Hunt

Tails from the Trail As Kaci Murringer entered the chute in Nome on March 22nd, the 2020 Iditarod officially ended.  The Widow’s Lamp was extinguished and the Red Lantern, a symbol of perseverance, was awarded to Kaci. She persevered through rough weather, extreme cold, and across 1,000 miles of some of the most amazing scenery.   …

An Amazing Journey Comes to an End

Tails from the Trail- Homeward Bound   Snow, blizzard conditions, -40 to 34-degree temperatures, COVID19, checkpoints being moved, and so much more. One thing for sure is that this has truly been an Iditarod to remember!  It has been a race of change and resilience.    When the rest of the sports world was shutting …

There’s No Place Like Nome

Tails from the Trail Welcome to Nome! Nome is not only the end of the Iditarod Trail, but it is also a historic town located along the Bering Sea.  With a population of 3576, Nome was once a thriving city of over 30,000 when gold was discovered in the beach sand in 1899. Nome is …

We have a Champion!!!

Tails from the Trail The Burled Arch was ready.  The crowd was gathering.  After 9 days 10 hours 37 minutes and 47 seconds, an amazing run, and a race like no other, Thomas Waener of Torpa Norway has become the 2020 Iditarod Champion! Thomas left Saftey at 9:17pm traveling at a little over 6 mph, …

Warming up in Unalakleet

Tails from the Trail The sun is shining, temperatures in the mid 30’s, and teams are steadily coming into Unalakleet.  About half the teams have arrived now and many more will continue through the night.  With these warmer temperatures it could slow down a team.  Mushers are taking extra care not to let their dogs …

Unalakleet

Tails from the Trail Welcome to Unalakleet! Unalakleet is the largest village along the Iditarod Trail between Wasilla and Nome, with a population of 882. Unalakleet is the beginning of the mushers trek along the Bering Sea.  During this part of the trail the mushers can expect higher winds and possible snow storms. However today …

All is Quiet in Takotna

Tails from the Trail The last mushers have come and gone in Takotna, so what happens next? Clean up and closing a checkpoint.  We spent the afternoon checking drop bags.  Drop bags are sent by the mushers to each checkpoint along the trail. Mushers pack these bags about a month before the start of the …