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Would You Rather…

Hello, Teachers! Race time is coming closer for our musher friends and dogs! Many have been out on training runs to exercise and build stamina. Two great qualities to instill in your own students!  Here is a quick activity to do with your students when they need a “brain break” and a little bit of …

Sanka’s Weekly Challenge – AM or PM?

How do race officials avoid a mix up between times before noon and times after noon?  In civiliam time, an AM or PM is added to the time.  During the race, times are reported using the 24-hour clock known as Military time. Briefly, 12:00 AM or midnight is written as 0000 hours.  1:00 AM is written …

Sanka’s Weekly Challenge – Start Times

There are 53 teams registered to run Iditarod XLVII.  The Ceremonial start will be on March 2, 2019 in downtown Anchorage. The honorary musher will wear Bib 1.  The competing mushers will wear bibs 2 thru 54. Bib 1 will leave the starting line at exactly 10:00.  Teams will follow at two-minute intervals.  What time …

Things Are Shaking!

Hello friends, LOTS of things happening here in Alaska! On Friday (November 30) morning the Anchorage area was hit with a 6.9 magnitude earthquake. Even my friends as far away as Fairbanks could feel the tremors. Here at Iditarod Headquarters we closed for the day since roads were dangerous and we wanted to keep everyone …

Meet Brian

Hello Friends, Putting on a race like the Iditarod takes a LOT of effort. Many people are in our offices year round – working and planning for the Last Great Race. One person who has been working since June is our new Teacher on the Trail, Brian Hickox. Brian is an 8th grade English teacher …

New Beginnings

  Dear Teachers, Welcome back to another school year!  I am sure you have been busy preparing your classroom for all of the new students.  Your students will become your team for the upcoming academic year…mush forward. Speaking of new team members…our kennel just added a new member to the roster, Topaz! She is getting …

Sanka’s Zoom Lens: Jinx, Dream a Dream’s Cat

Dream a Dream Dog Farm is not only home to forty sled dogs and a border collie, but Jinx lives there too.  Jinx reminds me of Danger, a cat that lived with Libby Riddles.  Who is Libby Riddles?  What is she famous for in the world of Iditarod?  Libby has written Danger the Dog Yard …

Sanka’s Zoom Lens – Harnessing & Booting

It’s a tradition at Iditarod Summer Teacher’s camp – Harnessing and Booting.  Teachers pair up to harness and boot a dog.  Each member of the team has to put the harness on properly and then apply four booties.  After completing the task and removing the harness and the boots, it’s the next team members turn. …

Zoom Lens by Sanka – Candy Bars

There are eleven 8 week old puppies at Dream A Dream Dog Farm.  They are enthusiastic, energetic and cute.  Everyday the puppies go for walks with mushers Vern Halter and Cindy Abbott.  This week the teachers attending Iditarod Summer Teacher’s Camp have joined the walks on the trails through the woods.  Brian Hickox, Iditarod’s 2019 …

Writing to Mushers

    Hi Boys and Girls, I’ve been trying to find Iditarod things to do since the end of the race.  The race is over, the mushers and teams are home or heading home, and all is quiet at the checkpoints.  So what now???  I’ve decided to write a letter to some of my favorite …