The Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race®, bylined 'The Last Great Race,' is the world's foremost sled dog race. It starts this weekend, March 4, with a ceremonial run through the streets of Anchorage, Alaska, and then a 350-mile trek north by dogtruck to Fairbanks for the actual start of the race to Nome. Fans all over the world will be eagerly watching and cheering on their favorite teams, but none will be more excited than the thousands of schoolchildren who will be following the race in their classrooms.
This year a new website, iditarod.com/edu, presents a new home for Iditarod educational content, with the support of teachers around the world, and the partnership of ExxonMobil. This new site gives educators, students, and parents easy access to lesson plans, videos, race information, and other key resources.
There are seven main content areas:
- Teach & Learn
- Teacher on the Trail
- EDU Videos
- Race Resources
- Zuma’s Paw Prints
The About page highlights the program's mission statement, explaining the steps taken to achieve that mission and the results the program strives for, such as students who think scientifically, solve problems, read more, write more, use technology as a tool, and are successful in school.
The website is available to anyone with an interest in learning more about sled dogs, their training and care, and what it takes to run The Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race®.