974 Winter 2019 Iditarod: Alaska's Last Great Race
Tuesday, 2:15–3:45, Feb. 12
Instructor: Dorothy M. Cunningham
Run the Iditarod (1,046 miles) over mountainous, dangerous terrain with the best-conditioned athletes. These beautiful, well-trained dogs comprise a team led by a musher (driver). This class will teach you about the unique participants, the rules, training of the dogs, veterinary care, and the responsibilities of the musher. The dogs’ desire to run and to please and protect their musher makes this race a truly fascinating event. You, too, can follow the mushers and their dogs, cheer on the teams, and witness the dedication of these incredible animals.
Dorothy M. Cunningham holds a BA in English from the University of Rhode Island and has taught both public and private school for over 35 years. The Iditarod has been a favorite topic among her students and their parents for many years. After trips to Alaska for teachers' conferences where she witnessed the start of the race, interacted with the mushers and veterinarians, etc., she intends to share her knowledge and love of the dogs and race called the Iditarod. Previous presentations have been at OLLI programs at George Mason University and the University of Rhode Island.