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Happy River Steps X2

Dear Friends, Gypsy here.  In my last article, I wrote about the Iditarod Gold Trail Loop that the dog teams will run for the 2021 race.  We imagined what could happen if teams met head on, and I promised you I would let you know why going over some parts of the trail twice would …

Changes for the Dogs

Dear Friends, Gypsy here, one of your canine Iditarod reporters.  Have you heard the big news?  The Iditarod race has to be rerouted into a loop in March 2021!  Why?  Race officials are being careful and avoiding any possible spread of CoVid to  towns along the Iditarod Trail.  It’s just one more change because of …

Welcome 2021!

Hello friends, I think we can all agree that 2020 was kind of RUFF. Looking forward to 2021 and the 49th running of the Iditarod (in the 49th state) is exciting for all of us here at Iditarod Headquarters. However, it won’t be a “normal” race. From a dog’s perspective, this year’s route is the …

Alaskan or Siberian?

Hi y’all!  Libby here! I’m an Alaskan Husky puppy and my Big Goal is to be a Sled Dog. I’ve learned a lot hanging around the Kennel.  Not just any dog can become a sled dog.  First of all, sled dogs have to love running and pulling sleds, and we need to be able to …

Virtual Trail Journey – Iditarod and Flat City @ Mile 432

BOO again!  Sending a ghostly greeting from ghost town and checkpoint, Iditarod.  Have you ever wondered where the word or name Iditarod came from?  I’ve heard 3 explanations so I’ll share them with you.  First, Iditarod was a word used by Athabascans that meant FAR DISTANT PLACE.  Second, Iditarod was a word used by other …

Virtual Trail Journey – Ophir at Mile 352

BOO!  Being that the next two checkpoints on the trail are located in GHOST TOWNS, my story should begin with a ghostly greeting!  So, what’s a ghost town?  It’s a deserted town.  The residents have left usually because their jobs no longer exist or because of natural disasters, fires or wars.  That’s exactly the case …

Virtual Trail Journey – Takotna at Mile 329

The trail used by Iditarod that runs from McGrath to Takotna (tuh-KOTT-nuh) is a well-traveled snowmachine route.  Teams cover the 18-mile distance in two to three hours.  At night or on cold days, the route is generally fast but on warm days, it can be a slow run.  Most of the 18 miles runs either …

Where Am I?

Dear Teachers, A new school year has begun to unfold and another Iditarod Sled Dog Race is on the horizon for 2021.  Sled Dog Ed has been busy searching for new ways to connect the race, history, places and events for you and your students. This past year has been challenging with our world living …

Virtual Trail Journey – McGrath at Mile 311

From Nikolai it’s a 48-mile run to McGrath, which is estimated to take five to seven hours.  In his Trail Notes, Don Bowers considers this to be an easy run but says it can be very boring for both the dogs and the drivers.  There are so many bends in the Big River and Kuskokwim …

Virtual Trail Journey – Nikolai at Mile 263

  There was so much to share with you about the trail from Rohn to Nikolai; there just wasn’t enough time or space to tell you about the village of Nikolai in the same story.  The distance from Rohn to Nikolai is listed at 75 miles.  Here’s what Handler told me about this very friendly …