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Sanka’s Race Challenge – Start Times

There are 10 teams registered to run the Jr. Iditarod.  The Jr. Iditarod begins on the last Saturday of February.  The honorary musher will wear bib #1.  The competing mushers will wear bibs 2 through 11.  Bib #2 will leave the start at exactly 10:00 am.  Teams will follow at two-minute intervals.  What time will …

Why Dog Booties?

                                                             Hello friends, My favorite questions to answer are about the dogs. Awwwoooooo! Students in Minnesota just learned about the tough pads sled dogs have on …

Teacher on the Trail™ x2

Hello, Friends! Did you know that a teacher is chosen every year to also go on the Iditarod Trail to be a reporter for teachers and students around the world?  Just like the trail has been changed because of the pandemic, 2021 Iditarod Teacher on the Trail™, Jim Deprez, (pronounced Di pray) will have a …

Iditaread – The Last Great Reading Race

Hello friends, There is a lot happening here at Iditarod Headquarters with mushers and dogs coming and going as they prepare for the Iditarod. But something equally exciting is happening at Iditarod Education – the Iditaread! This is a race you can do with your class, reading across the Iditarod Trail. Your teacher can sign …

Jr. Iditarod History

This February will mark the 44th running of the Jr. Iditarod.  The Junior, just like the Iditarod, began as a dream.  It was Joe Redington who dreamed of a long distance race across Alaska to commemorate the place of the sled dog in the history of Alaska and bring recognition to the Historic Iditarod Trail.  …

It’s C-C-C-C-Cold!

Hello Friends, A friend from Wisconsin just asked if sled dogs liked the cold weather. The answer is YES, the weather is pawsome! We have adaptations to help us survive cold weather such as two layers of fur (guard hair and underfur), a special kind of fat in our toe pads so our feet don’t …

Dalzell Gorge x2

Dear Friends, Gypsy here, writing about one of the obstacles that will have to be faced two times during the 2021 Iditarod race.  The dreaded Dalzell Gorge is one section of the trail where sleds can easily be broken.  Mushers often build their own sleds partly to be able to repair any parts that break …

Caring For the Dogs – It’s the Rule

 Hello friends, Last week I used my paws to write about how the race has evolved since the first Iditarod in 1973. These changes include the rules that are updated on a yearly basis. The race rules are used to keep the race fair, keep the mushers safe, and especially to keep my canine friends …

The Alaska Range x2

Dear Friends, Gypsy here with another article about this year’s Iditarod race being run on the Iditarod Gold Trail Loop.  The teams will need to cross the Alaska Range 2x.  What does that mean? Leaving Rainy Pass checkpoint, the dogs enthusiastically pull up into higher elevation.  If it becomes steep, mushers will hop off the …

The Ever Evolving Iditarod

Hello Friends, A student recently asked how this crazy race got started. In 1948 Joe Redington, Sr. moved his family from the lower 48 to the great state of Alaska. He fell in love with the land and the culture, including the running of sled dogs. He had a keen sense of adventure as he …