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Change…Inevitable…Persevere

Dear Teachers, In the 2021 Iditarod Pre Race Video, Greg Heister from Iditarod Insider used the following quote to introduce this year’s Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race: “If we fail to adapt, we fail to move forward.”  ~Jack Wooden, former UCLA basketball coach The world has been in a state of flux over the past …

Changes on the Iditarod

Dear Friends,   We just completed the 49th Iditarod Race!  It began in 1973, planned out by Joe Redington who wanted to preserve the historic Iditarod Trail and revive the Alaskan sled dog tradition, which was rapidly disappearing. What was the Iditarod like back then? When the mushers lined up to take off on their …

Red Lantern

Hello friends, It’s always sad to report the end of another Iditarod. However, we are happy for Victoria Hardwick, the winner of the Red Lantern Award. What does that mean? It means she had the courage and perseverance to not give up. It wasn’t easy, her sled met a tree on the Happy River Steps …

Tricks and Trophies

Dear Friends, The final two mushers arrived at the finish line early this morning!  Victoria Hardwick won the red lantern award.  It is awarded to the team coming in last place.  Why does the last place competitor get a prize?  The Iditarod is nicknamed The Last Great Race.  It’s a very tough race with extreme …

1st Rookie Into Deshka Landing

Hello friends, Almost everyone has crossed the finish line including our first Rookie. (Being a rookie means this is their first Iditarod.) This year’s Rookie of the Year is Chad Stoddard who is from Anchorage, Alaska. Working with dogs is in his blood as his great grandfather delivered mail around the time of the 1925 …

The Race Goes On

Hello friends, It’s not over. Most teams have finished, but at this writing there are still 15 teams on the trail. Some mushers are in the Iditarod for the win, they work and train all year for the opportunity of being the Iditarod Champion. Many more mushers are in the race for the adventure and …

Dallas Seavey Wins 2021 Iditarod

Hello friends, It’s official! Dallas Seavey has won the 2021 Iditarod. He came in to Deshka Landing around 5:00 AM Alaska Time with 10 dogs in harness. Congratulations Dallas. He was followed a few hours later by Aaron Burmeister, then Brent Sass. All mushers looked tired, and the K9s looked like they could run another …

Is Resting Really a Rest?

Dear Friends, If you are watching the mushers’ GPS trackers, you will sometimes see their names on an orange bar which means they are resting.  What is really happening during a rest? First of all, we dogs get to rest much more than our humans during the Iditarod.  Mushers have to deal with sleep deprivation, …

Heading Back

Hello friends, All teams still racing are now facing in the same direction heading to Deshka Landing. The leaders continue to change during the course of the day making for an exciting finish. As of this writing the top 3 teams of Dallas Seavey, Aaron Burmeister, and Brent Sass are within 4 miles of each …

Staying Warm

Dear Friends, Have you been reading the articles on the race?  Did you see that Dallas Seavey checked the thermometer on this sled and it said -52?  Wow! That is COLD!  How do the mushers stay warm?  Examine these photos of mushers on the Iditarod Trail and see if you can infer how they survive …