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Eye on the Trail: Educator’s Conference in Chicago

Educators from around the Lower 48 gathered in the windy city of Chicago for an Iditarod Education Conference. States near and far were represented – Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana, Ohio, New Jersey and Massachusetts. The common goal for all educators in attendance was enhancing knowledge and resources for using the Iditarod to provide students with real …

Annie Kelley, 2017 Iditarod Teacher on the Trail, Interviewed by CBS Chicago Radio

Listening to this radio interview is one way for you to find out more about the 2017 Iditarod Teacher on the Trail™ Annie Kelley. A second way to learn about Annie is by visiting this website to read Annie’s online journal and see what she’s been up to! Join Iditarod EDU for an Iditarod Teacher …

2017 Iditarod Update: Mandatory Rookie Meeting

The first weekend in December marks the annual mandatory Iditarod rookie meeting.  This year, 18 rookies attended the seminar.    On Saturday, December 3, sessions were held at the Lakefront Anchorage. Iditarod Board Members Andy Baker and Aaron Burmeister were on hand to welcome the rookies.  Aaron provided an informative session with tips every rookie …

Funeral for Greg Bill to be held Friday, December 16

The Iditarod family is deeply saddened to share with you the news that Greg Bill passed away on Saturday, December 10.  Greg was a volunteer for the first race in 1973.  He continued volunteering, selling raffle tickets, business memberships, and other jobs until he became a staff member 1984.  Greg became the Development Director in …

Culture and Tradition

The Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race as we know it today has evolved over decades; no, it has evolved over centuries because the Iditarod is deeply steeped in tradition and culture, a tribute to the Native Alaskans and the place dog teams hold in the lives of them and other people worldwide. And just as …

Bid! Win! Ride! The IditaRider Auction is Open!

Bid to win a ride at the start of the Iditarod on Saturday, March 4.  Winning bidders will have the best seat at the start of the race. That seat is in the basket of the musher’s sled!       Visit the auction site and place a bid on the musher of your choice. …

Eye on the Trail: Telephoto Story – Sleds to the Trail

What’s the rule for mushers sending sleds out to checkpoints on the trail? The past few years have proven that sleds can and do break. Coming through the Buffalo Tunnels or over the snow starved Farwell Burn can tax event the sturdiest of sleds. Also, different portions of the trail lend themselves better to faster …

Eye on the Trail: Iditarod and Beargrease Combine for Educator’s Conference

Duluth, Minnesota was the site of a conference in early November where educators gathered to learn more about the education programs and resources of Iditarod and the John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon. Educators far and wide know that sled dog based real life applications captivate and motivate students. This is the first time the two …

Battle Dawgs Helps our Nation’s Warriors Reintegrate Back into Everyday Life.

Iditarod finisher Rick Casillo, Chairman/Founder of Battle Dawgs, and his wife, Jennifer, Lieutenant Colonel Alaska Air National Guard, Combat Veteran​, own and operate Battle Dawgs. An incredible team (Board of Directors and staff) strives to help our combat veterans. Battle Dawgs provides year round outdoor rehabilitative and therapeutic retreats for combat veterans.  These camps are …

Joe Redington, Sr.

As we all reflect on, and honor our country’s veterans’ selfless service, it’s important to remember their contributions to their country and their culture beyond their service. Joe Redington Sr. is the ‘Father of the Iditarod’. He and Dorothy Page always shared their roles as the co-founders of “Last Great Race on Earth”. But it …