Look on this page for information about training dog sled teams. Information about race teams and mushers.

Mushers for 2009
Group #1: Lance Mackey
Group #2: Ramey Smyth
Group #3: Gerry Willomitzer
Group #4: Hans Gatt
Group #5: Martin Buser
Group #6: Paul Gebhardt
Group #7: DeeDee Jonrowe
Group #8: Ed Iten
Group #9: Ken Anderson
Group #10: Jessie Royer
Group #11: Cim Smyth
Group #12: Jeff King
Group #13: Rick Swenson
Group #14: Sebastian Schnuelle
Group #15: Mitch Seavey

Week # 4 Assignment:

Please post on your group's wiki page by Monday March 9th.

Part 1: find out more about your musher by reading theMusher Bios from the official Iditarod site. Write short biographies about your mushers, based on information from those biographies or other searches on the internet. Each day of the Iditarod, have students check newspapers, magazines, or online sources for updates about the race. You will need to note the progress of their assigned mushers in their notebooks, journals or wiki page. One suggested online source: Anchorage Daily News Go to this data collection sheet. Print off the odd (southern) year sheet to collect race data on your musher.

Part 2:
Think about what supplies an Iditarod musher needs during the race. Read the Mandatory Items section from the Rules & Policies page at Iditarod.com.
Read the article What's Inside the Sled Bag?. Read Packing for the Iditarod (it loads slow so be patient). Make a list of what you would need to pack for a two day winter field trip.

Idtarod Musher Listings

Iditarod Musher Information

Everybody Is a Winner in the Iditarod

The Iditarod is a long and difficult race. Anybody who completes the race is a winner! The last musher to finish the race is awarded a special prize, the Red Lantern Award.

Directions: Use the sources below to complete each sentence at the bottom of the page. How did you do?

Iditarod Champions

Red Lantern Winners

1. The winner of the first Iditarod race in 1973 was _.
O a. Dick Wilmarth O b. John Schultz O c. Carl Huntington
2. Musher Joe May won the Iditarod in
O a. 1980 O b. 1990 O c. 2000
3. Libby Riddles was the first woman to win the race. She won the Iditarod in _.
O a. 1985 O b. 1986 O c. 1987
4. All totaled, Susan Butcher won
_ Iditarod races.
O a. two O b. three O c. four
5. Rick Swenson won five Iditarods. His best winning time was _.
O a. 15 days, 10 hours O b. 12 days, 8 hours O c. 9 days, 5 hours
6. Doug Swingley won four Iditarods. He turned in his fastest time in
O a. 1995 O b. 2000 O c. 2001
7. Karen Ramstead won the Red Lantern Award in _.
O a. 2000 O b. 2001 O c. 2002
THINK ABOUT IT! (Worth 3 points!)
In all Iditarod history,
_ of the Red Lantern Award winners took more than 3 weeks to complete the race.
O a. ten O b. twelve O c. thirteen

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Ken Anderson
He was born in Minnesota. His home town is Fairbanks, Alaska. He began mushing at the age of 3 and is now 36. He only works with Alaskin Huskies and has an amazing 75 dogs. He chooses the races to enter by the ones that pay the most money long and short term. His best Iditarod finish was 5th place in 2003.