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Latest Zuma’s Pawprints Posts

Sanka’s Weekly Challenge: How Many Booties?

How many booties will a musher need for the southern route?  Assume a musher will change booties once every 50 miles.  The actual length of the southern route is 998 miles.  The musher is starting with 14 dogs and must plan to take the whole team to Nome.  Also remember that a musher is required …

Ask Zuma!

Hello Friends, As my paws touch the computer there are 30 days until the 2019 Iditarod begins.  Aaah-ooooooh! My canine friends can’t wait to get their paws on the trail. There are currently 52 mushers starting with Cindy Abbot through Aliy Zirkle getting ready to run the race. Their drop bags have been filled and …

Sweet Iditarod!

Dear Teachers, Time for treats! I hear that around the dog lot frequently…especially after the dogs have been out on a long run.  Indulge your students in some sweet treats for a fun break during the day!  Here is a way for students to talk with their classmates about the Iditarod, share information they have …

Sanka’s Weekly Challenge – Buying Booties

On the day of the June Volunteer/Musher Signup Picnic, two musher’s names are drawn at the end of the day to receive the $3,000 entry fee. Anja Radano and Jeff Deeter were the lucky winners!  Mushers have a lot of expenses, including dog booties.  One bootie costs $3,  but most mushing supply companies offer a quantity …

Let Me Count the Days!

Libby Here!  Hello Boys and Girls! I know exactly what you are wondering about today!  Days, how many days until the start of the race? So when does this race get under way?  How long do we all have to wait?  Do I have to count the days on the calendar to know when the …

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 …

Ticktock! Ticktock! The Clock Starts…. March 3

Libby Here!  Hello Boys and Girls! Ticktock!  Ticktock!  Listen to that!  The clock is ticking, ticking ticking away.  When you hear someone say that time is ticking away, means that time is going by fast.  It won’t be long until the start of the 2019 Iditarod. The ceremonial race starts on March 2, but the …

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 …

Ceremonial Start? Restart? Huh? What’s that all about?

Libby Here!  Hello Boys and Girls! The 2019 Iditarod will start on Saturday, March 2 and Restart on Sunday, March 3. Two kinds of starts?  What’s that all about? Well, boys and girls, the start is really a ceremonial start.  That means it’s a big celebration, almost like a parade.  Don’t you just love parades?  …