964 Winter 2020 Iditarod: Alaska’s Last Great Race
Monday, 2:15–3:45, Feb. 10
Instructor: Dorothy Cunningham
The Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, approximately 1,046 miles, is run over mountainous, dangerous terrain with the best conditioned athletes. These beautiful, well-trained dogs comprise a team led by a musher (driver). Course attendees will learn about the race’s unique participants, the rules, training of the dogs, veterinary care, and the responsibilities of the musher. The dogs, who run to please and protect their mushers, make the race a truly fascinating event. Follow the Iditarod mushers and their dogs, cheer on the teams, and witness the dedication of these incredible athletes.
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. After trips to Alaska for teachers’ conferences where she witnessed the start of the Iditarod, she interacted with the mushers and veterinarians, and she intends to share her experience, love of the dogs, and love of the race. She has made previous presentations at OLLI programs at George Mason University and the University of Rhode Island.