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Red Lantern

Hello friends, The 2019 Iditarod officially ended at 11:08 AM Alaska time when Victoria Hardwick of Bethel, AK crossed under the Burled Arch in Nome. She was all smiles as a small crowd cheered her to the finish line.  Good for you, Victoria, for sticking with it. The Finisher’s Banquet was last night, but the …

Eye Adaptation

Hello friends, We’re nearing the end of the 2019 Iditarod as the Red Lantern will cross under the Burled Arch within the next 24 hours. It has been an exciting race with lots of stories from the trail. Inquiring minds from Mrs. Herbert’s second graders want to know if the canine racers ever wear goggles …

What’s Next?

Hello friends, Right now there are 19 teams in Nome and 22 are still on the trail. It continues to be an exciting race with a few more close finishes. Canines crossing under the burled arch come in with bright eyes and tail wags. Mrs. Mayo’s 2nd graders would like to know how they all …

WINNER!

Hello friends, What a race . . . what a winner! Pete Kiser and 8 of his canines crossed under the Burled Arch in Nome at 3:40 AM Alaska time to a large crowd of race fans, family, and friends. Pete’s good friend and last year’s champion, Joar Leifseth Ulsom followed him to the finish …

Why Do They Scratch?

Hello friends – Why do they scratch? I have to admit, that term confused me when I was a pup. A scratch for a musher doesn’t mean taking care of an itch – it means they don’t think they can go on with the race. Teams scratch for different reasons. The standard line for the …

Why They Race

Hello friends, So far this race has been a real claw-biter with the lead changing several times and teams within miles of each other. As of this writing, the lead teams are pulling into Unalakleet while others are stretched as far back as Shageluk. The run/race schedule is different for each team and it’s fun …

What Do the Mushers Eat?

Hello friends, When a musher stops in a checkpoint or along the trail, the first thing he or she does is take care of the dogs. Straw down, booties off, massage paws, and start the cooker (mandatory item) to melt some snow to prepare dog meals. Once the dogs are taken care of, the humans have …

Flying Dogs

Hello Friends, One of the things I pay close attention to as I watch the 2019 Iditarod is how many canines the mushers come into the checkpoint with and how many they leave with. The ones left behind are called “dropped dogs”. They are dropped for various reasons, sore wrists or shoulders, not eating well, …

They Are Running!

Hello friends, 52 teams are on the trail for the 2019 Iditarod. What excitement there was at the start of the race. Typically teams start on the ice, but this year they moved the actual start line to land because of the recent heavy snowfall and some possible overflow. It was fun seeing the teams …

Which Route?

Hello friends, Aaah-ooooooh! In less than a week my canine friends and their human mushers will be racing in the Last Great Race – the Iditarod. This year’s race will be on the Southern Route. What does that mean? It is 2019, an odd number year, so the teams take the Southern Route. (There have …