In the current issue of Home Education Magazine we feature an article titled “From Anchorage to Nome,” by homeschooling mom Lisa Amstutz, about the 1,150 mile dogsled race in Alaska. The article is an excellent introduction for anyone interested in learning more about this historic race, which starts this year on Saturday, March 3rd. Here are two excellent resource-filled websites Lisa recommends:
“Our starting point was eIditarod… It gave us a framework to work with, and guidance in, making a map and choosing and tracking a musher, or dog sled driver.”
“Iditarod.com now has additional resources for educators and kids, including lesson plans, Zuma’s Paw Prints (news reports from Zuma, the famous Iditarod K-9 mushing reporter), and actual 3-D fly-over views of the race…”
There are many other superb sources of information and resources for tracking this annual event. A couple of my own favorites include the general race sites Dogsled.com and Sled Dog Central, which both cover dogsled races of all types.
New Jersey teacher Kathy Kent, a long-time Iditarod fan who has travelled into the heart of the race, maintains an excellent collection of free podcasts titled Iditarod – Sharing the View. These short video clips capture the sights and sounds of this unique race and provide an outstanding resource for anyone seeking to learn more about the sport of long distance sled dog racing.