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Latest Zuma’s Pawprints Posts

Zoom Lens – On THE Trail

One of the reasons Joe Redington, Sr. invented and promoted the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race was to preserve the Historic Iditarod Trail. The trail was used to transport people, goods, mail mining supplies and mining equipment across Alaska long before snowmachines or airplanes were invented.  The 2017 Iditarod Teacher on the Trail, Annie Kelley, …

Where Do We Start? Or Restart?

Hi Boys and Girls, The start of the Iditarod is less than 2 weeks away. On Feb. 10th the Board of Directors of the Iditarod Trail Committee voted unanimously to change the restart of the Iditarod from Willow to Fairbanks. This decision was made due to poor trail conditions leading up to both Ptarmigan Pass …

What’s In The Sled?

Hello friends, In the last post my paws pounded out information about the Drop Bags. Lot’s of food and gear is sent in Drop Bags, but what about the sled? Rule 16 gives a list of mandatory items each musher must carry in their sleds.  The list includes: sleeping bag,  ax,  snowshoes with bindings, promotional material …

Zoom Lens – Snow at HQ

The winter weather advisory posted for Wasilla, AK where Iditarod Headquarters is located called for 4 to 6 inches of snow to fall over night and throughout the morning.  The forecast was fairly accurate.  Sharing with you today the scenes at Headquarters.

Race Applications

Dear Middle School and High School Teachers, The young teenager who lives next door to our kennel is applying for his first job! He stopped over to our place to ask the owners if they would be references for him on his application. I have heard about applications before as my owner has applied to the …

What’s A Drop Bag?

Hello friends, While the ITC (Iditarod Trail Committee) provides the straw and fuel for the Iditarod, our mushers are responsible for everything else we need during our time on the trail. Since the sleds would be way too heavy for us to pull for 1,049 miles with ALL the food and gear we need, our …

Trail Prep – Straw

Hello friends, Putting on a big race like the Iditarod takes a lot of “behind the scenes” work. Our human friends have been putting in many hours trying to make the 2017 Iditarod another successful race. I recently stopped in at the Airland Transport Warehouse in Anchorage, AK where people were pitching in to prepare …

Teacher on the Trail Finalists

Hi Boys and Girls, The Iditarod start is just around the corner. Can you believe it? Is your class getting ready to follow the race? Every year teachers prepare lessons about the Iditarod just for you. Did you know that there is one special teacher who is selected by the Iditarod Education committee as the …

Mushers, Drivers, and Teams, Are you Listening?

Libby Here! Hello boys and girls! So what do you think of my lovely jacket?  Sometimes I like to wear my jacket, and sometimes I don’t.  But the other day, it was kind of chilly out so I put my jacket on and went for a long car ride with my human.  That got me …

Barking News Racefans!

Hello friends, It’s official!  The 2017 Iditarod will begin in Fairbanks. How does this work? On the first Saturday in March there is something called the Ceremonial Start. This takes place on 4th Avenue in downtown Anchorage.  It’s howling fun. People called “Iditariders” get to have the ride of a lifetime in sleds with dogs …