MASON CITY -- Jefferson Elementary School fourth-grader Ben Pederson holds up beaver skin gloves during a presentation by Iditarod racers Jan Steves and Bob Chlupach on Tuesday.
The Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race is an annual long-distance sled dog race run in early March from Anchorage to Nome. Chlupach, who is originally from Mason City, attended Jefferson School.
He has competed in the Iditarod 12 times over five decades.
His mother, Carol, still lives in Mason City.