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Last Great Race On Earth

About the Iditarod

  • takes place in Alaska in Anchorage
  • race ends in Nome
  • Starts first Saturday in March
  • There is two parts: ceremonial & competitive
  • Men and woman both compete
  • more than 70 teams each race
  • racing in 0 degree weather
  • likely to encounter white out conditions
  • winds could be so fast- seeing problems
  • first place prize- $69,000 and a new truck
  • named after the trail-means clear water
  • equipment: arctic parka, heavy sleeping bag, ax, snow shoes, musher food, dog food, dog booties

Sleding Through the World

The Iditarod is about 1,100 miles long and takes about 10- 17 days. the route is alternated every year, and many people train for the big race. an example of the size of the land they travel is from New York to Miami (Florida)

The Amazing Dogs

  • dog most used Siberian husky
  • 12-16 dogs pull sled
  • good sled dog: honest, hand working, good attitude, friendly, and curious
  • sled dog is a ultra athletes they can pull heavy sleds for long amounts of time
  • the husky's love cold snow
  • thick fur cover the body for protection against the cold weather
  • the dogs need 12,000 calories a day to maintain running
  • use special fat kibble
  • 5 dogs must finish
  • about 1000 dogs compete in the Iditarod

The History of the Big Race

  • the winter of 1925 diphtheria came into Nome
  • diphtheria could kill all of the 10,000 people in Nome
  • Diphtheria is a deseies that blocks the throat and can stop you from breathing
  • without treatment many people could die
  • Nome did not have enough antitoxin to treat the people
  • On Jan 22, 1925 dr. welch sent out antitoxin to Nome by dog sled to save the people
  • the journey to Nome was 674 miles and took 25 days

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Skylar Hill and Diego Gonzalez 2/4/16 Period 3/7