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49th Running in the 49th State – Trail Reporting: Wednesday, March 17th

Wednesday, March 17     As my students track the race each year, they record their musher’s location and standing in the race, as well as the dogs that remain on the trail with the team. There are always a number of questions about why the number of their dogs decrease as the race goes …

49th Running in the 49th State – Trail Reporting: Tuesday, March 16th

Tuesday, March 16       Question of the Day: How do mushers sleep during the race?   This question actually came up in my classroom today after watching some of the mushers cross the finish line. My students noticed how exhausted the mushers looked and asked about their sleep during the race. This is …

Be a Part of the Community History

Aaron Burmeister and his team reached the finish line Monday morning in 2nd place.  He told the Insider crew that this was his 20thIditarod.  One comment he made really resonated with me, as I feel that it represents many mushers and one reason they tackle this difficult sport and race.  “This year was a different challenge …

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, …

Moments with Mushers: How the Race Has Changed

  In hindsight, this question was a really meaningful one to ask this year, given all of the changes due to Covid. I presented it to  some of the mushers over the summer, long before the route was changed to the “2021 Gold Trail Loop”. Given what we know now, I’m sure many of them …

49th Running in the 49th State – Trail Reporting: Monday, March 15th

Monday, March 15th     Over the weekend I watched several videos of the Northern Lights that were posted on the Insider and I also took a look at some of Dave Poyzer’s amazing photos on the Iditarod Photo Gallery page https://iditarod.com/photo/.  Based on what I saw, it seems like there has been an extra …

49th Running in the 49th State – Trail Reporting: Sunday, March 14th

Sunday, March 14th   As Martin Buser said in a recent Facebook post, the next stretch from Nikolai to Skwentna will be just like Mr. Toad’s Wild ride! There are many unknowns on the return trip, and mushers need to be prepared for anything.  Here are the current standings (according to the Iditarod GPS tracker) …

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 …

Interview from Nikolai

Tails from the Trail…. I was recently able to catch up with Samantha, one of the two teachers in Nikolai.  Iditarod 2021 is definitely different for everyone.  See what Samantha has to say about life in Nikolai! What is it like to be living and working in Nikolai?   Nikolai is a small Native village, only …

49th Running in the 49th State – Trail Reporting: Saturday, March 13th

Saturday, March 13th Since it’s the weekend and all of my students are home, the trail reporting will look a little different for the next two days. Instead of video reports from my students, I will be typing up some of the most recent developments in the race. However, on Monday we will go back …