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  • Training the Rookies

    Hi Guys and Girls! It’s Gypsy, and I’m back as a canine reporter!  So many exciting things are happening for us sled dogs and our mushers; I want to tell you about one of them. For two days in December, all the rookie mushers had a mandatory meeting.  Mandatory means they HAVE TO attend the ...

    
    
    
    

Latest Zuma’s Pawprints Posts

We Have A Winner!

                                                                                      Hello friends, And the winner is Thomas Waerner of Norway! In only …

8 Hours at White Mountain

Dear Friends, White Mountain is a checkpoint where mushers and their teams are required to take a mandatory 8 hour rest.  This gets the teams prepared for the final 77 mile push toward Nome!   Teams park and the dogs rest on the frozen Fish River that runs alongside the village.  A hole is chopped …

Running the Coast

Dear Friends, If you are keeping up with the race, you will see that the front teams are now running along the Bering Sea Coast and Norton Sound.  See the map below. Between Unalakleet and Nome, they are often running on frozen bodies of water, not land.   Thomas Waerner of Norway is in the …

Our Volunteers

Hello friends, Schools around Alaska and the Lower 48 are closed due to the Coronavirus. This is a health safety issue that can’t be helped. Here at Iditarod we worried about our volunteers on the trail as well as the people in the villages. Checkpoints were adjusted to reroute teams around the villages and the …

Types of Teams

Dear Friends, Some of the mushers or “drivers” of the dog teams are driving puppy teams in the race.  Rookies sometimes take puppy teams belonging to a veteran musher for their first race.  This year,  Tim Pappas is running Martin Buser’s A team, and veteran Martin Buser is running a team he said will be …

GPS Trackers

Dear Friends, In order to keep track of the dog teams, musher sled bags have booties pinned onto them!  Inside the booties are GPS tracking devices. There are two placed on each musher’s sled.  They not only record the location of each musher’s sled, but they also record the speed with which they are traveling, …

The Race Goes On

Hello friends, During these risky times, the Iditarod has had to make some difficult decisions. The race will go on, but checkpoints have been moved to protect the villages. Teams will still get straw, Heet, and their drop bags as these are essential supplies for canines and humans alike. This is certainly a disappointment for …

Boring?

Dear Friends, Some of the mushers are now leaving Ruby, the checkpoint where they will then start running on the mighty Yukon River.  The only problem with running on the huge river, which is frozen over, is that it can get boring for the dogs.  Did you know dogs can get bored?  On the mile-wide …

Setbacks

Dear Friends, As the race goes on, some of the mushers share their trail stories.  Ryan Redington, a veteran musher, shared about some setbacks he has had.  A setback is something that holds you back or slows your progress.   Ryan told of being sick in the Nikolai checkpoint.  That’s no fun when you have …

HAW&L

                                                                                          Hello friends, Today, while watching the live feed from Cripple, …