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Iditarod: The First Ten Years – September 2021

Welcome back to a new school year! The 2022 race is the 50th running of the Iditarod. The anthology, Iditarod: The First Ten Years, was compiled to preserve the stories of those who launched The Last Great Race. The goal of the Old Iditarod Gang was to have this book for classrooms to use as …

Get I.C.E.d ~ Become an Iditarod Certified Educator!

The Iditarod EDU Teacher Certification program is a four-month-long professional development program offered to preschool – high school teachers across the world. The program is divided into four checkpoints that combine synchronous and asynchronous coursework for teachers. The first cohort will launch at the Winter 2022 Conference for Teachers in Anchorage, Alaska! The Introductory Checkpoint …

Musher Banquet Centerpiece Contest for Students

Teaching Volunteerism The Iditarod takes place because thousands of volunteers play major roles in every aspect of the race and the events that surround it.  Your students can join the team as official “Classroom Volunteers”! Enter the annual musher banquet table centerpiece contest!  Selected classrooms will create and send the decorations that will be featured …

Writing to Mushers: Steps for Success

We are happy to provide you with contact information of mushers agreeing to receive letters from students.  If you are writing to mushers, please follow the instructions below. Send an email to Jane Holmes, Director of Education at jane.holmes@iditarod.com to receive by email the postal contact information for mushers who agree to receive letters from …

IditaRead Finisher’s Certificate

The last musher has crossed the finish line in Iditarod 49. And what a race it was this year! Your IditaRead “mushers” may be crossing the finish as well.  Here are the PDFs for a black and white or a color finisher’s certificate for you to present to your finishers. Additionally, we want to thank …

Iditarod Sleds: From 1973 to Today!

Sleds are an essential piece of equipment in the Iditarod. Typically, 50-80 sleds start the race and even more are shipped down the trail for use later in the race. Sleds have evolved since the first race in 1973, and mushers often build their sleds themselves. The sleds first used in Iditarod were long freight …

Pick a Musher: Fantasy Draft Style

With the way school is working while we gear up for the 2021 Iditarod Race, many of the tried and true staples of our Iditarod curriculums aren’t going to work the way they always have. In some ways, this will help push us to find new and possibly better ways to do things. For years, …

Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race: 101 What you need to know!

The Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race is also called the “Last Great Race on Earth®” This page gives basic answers to the 5Ws of the race – who, what, when, where, and why. Follow the posted links for a wealth of current information. And have fun learning more and sharing this with your students.   …

“Sharing Our Stories” From Student Journalists in Takotna, Alaska

Sharing Our Story from Student Journalists attending Takotna Community School, Takotna, AK Mrs. Smith’s Class Starting the School Day My name is Elijah, am nine years old, and I am in third grade in Takotna, Alaska. I live on Mile 329 of the Iditarod Trail. My job the first week of school was to lead …

Husky Talk Podcast

Welcome to Husky Talk Podcast A weekly behind the scenes look at the Iditarod and mushing for classrooms around the world. Erin Montgomery, 2015 Iditarod Teacher on the Trail™ from Iowa and her students host this podcast, designed and created to introduce you to the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race and give you an essential behind …