The Alaskan Race

By: Jonah Vujanic and Alana Farley Periods 1+5 2-4-16

Where Does The Race Start?

  • Starts in Anchorage
  • Ends in Nome
  • This year the race starts in Willow
  • The race goes through Nikola, Ophir, Cripple, Nulato, Unalakleet, and Koyuk
  • Crosses Alaska and Kuskokwim Mountain Ranges and along Bering Sea coast

What Do The Mushers Need/Bring?

  • Must have 12 to 16 dogs to start, and end with 5
  • Siberian and Alaskan huskies are the best choice
  • Parka, heavy sleeping bag, ax, snows shoes, musher food, dog food, and boots for the dogs feet
  • Need a big sled to put injured or exhausted huskies for the rest

Who participates in the races?

  • Teams of mushers and their dogs race
  • Mushers and dogs go through temperatures below 0 degrees
  • Mushers and dogs can train year round
  • Men and women both compete
  • Most sled dogs are part Alaskan husky
  • Alaskan huskies are good at running long distances
  • Siberian and Alaskan huskies are in the race

When Does The Race Begin?

  • Starts the first Saturday of March
  • Teams need one 24 hour rest break and two 8 hour breaks
  • Lasts up to 10 to 17 days or 10 days to 3 weeks
  • The race goes north on even years and south on odd years
  • First dog-sled race recorded was in 1908
  • Became major in 1973

How Was The Format of The Race Made?

  • The disease diphtheria's out break caused the path to be made to get to Nome
  • The format of the race was made in 1973
  • Used to get diphtheria medication to Nome
  • Took 27 hours from Nenana to Nome

Why Does it Take so Long to do The Race?

  • Takes 10 days to 3 weeks
  • The race is 1150 miles
  • Global warming Is causing changes to the format
  • Has temperatures of below 0 with high winds
  • High winds cause loss of visibility
  • Races are dangerous when mushers can't see

Diphtheria Facts

  • Diphtheria killed communities including children
  • The Diphtheria vaccine wiped out the disease that killed many
  • Highly contagious caused by Corynebacterium diphtheria
  • Causes a thick leathery coating in the throat which makes breathing harder
  • Death by suffocation was by Diphtheria
  • Anchorage had the antioxidants which was far away from Nome

Works Cited

  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 16 May 2013. Web. 04 Mar. 2015.2016
  • Gonzsalez/Clarisel. "Too Little Snow at the Iditarod?." Scholastic News 5/6 (Vol. 76, No. 15). Feb. 4 2008: 6. SIRS Discoverer. Web. 01 Feb. 2016.
  • "Iditarod Facts and Information for Kids | KidsKonnect." KidsKonnect. N.p., 22 Nov. 2015. Web. 04 Mar. 2015.
  • Nightingale, Dave. "Iditarod." World Book Student. World Book, 2016. Web. 1 Feb.
  • "Race Across Alaska." Weekly Reader-3 (Vol. 74, No. 19). Feb. 25 2005: 2+. SIRS Discoverer. Web. 01 Feb. 2016.


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