The official start of Iditarod 2014 was in Willow, AK. Look at the videos and pictures below of this great event. Unfortunately my videos are not the best quality. Someone keeps putting their hand in front of the camera. I wonder who that is? The race videos are in the order the mushers would go...staging area, in the line for the start, into the starting chute, up the straightaway and down the small hill we found to get a great view. Pay special attention to the woman in the maroon shirt and black ski overalls in the third video. Look at how hard she is straining to hold the dogs. The dogs are ready to go!!! What words does a musher use to tell his team to go?
Last night we were able to attend the musher banquet. At the musher banquet there were several things happening. There were items for sale, a silent auction, dinner, autograph signing, music by Hobo Jim, and of course the drawing of starting order. I got to meet every single musher. They drew their starting order (which were written on poker chips) out of a mukluk. They had an opportunity to say a few words and then came down a LONG line of people waiting for autographs. I had a poster laying out for them to sign. We also got to sing along with Hobo Jim and his "Iditarod Trail" song that all of Eanes Elementary learned and sang at last week's assembly. It was an exciting night! If you could get one musher's autograph, who would you want?
I am a first grade teacher and I am so excited to participate in this project with my colleagues.