3, 2, 1, Go, Race to the Finish
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
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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