From Anchorage to Nome

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.

6 Responses to From Anchorage to Nome

  1. Helen on February 27, 2007 at 3:43 pm

    A friend who tracks the Iditarod race told me about another really great site: Ultimate Iditarod, which includes the terrific “Iditarod for Dummies” guide. My friend writes, “Not only is it full of lots and lots of info, all packaged in an easy to read, understandable format, but Tyrell Seavey and Jim Gallea have to rank right up there on the top ten list of mushers with great senses of humor.”

  2. [...] Helen Hegener, HEM Editor-in-Chief and co-publisher recently posted at the HEM Editor’s blog, From Anchorage to Nome. [...]

  3. Helen on March 14, 2007 at 4:53 pm

    My favorite musher, Alaskan Lance Mackey, won the race yesterday and made dog-mushing history:

    Dogsled.com
    Iditarod site
    Cabela’s Iditarod

    It’s an absolutely amazing story of a very determined young man and his incredible team of dogs!

  4. [...] 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. …Sportzia More [...]

  5. [...] 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. …Sportzia More [...]

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