Bryce Riffel, Kayla Barr February 4, 2016 Pd:1& 5
- The Junior Iditarod are open to teens 14 -17 years old
- Junior Iditarod racers are called mushers
- Mushers are people who guide and care for their dogs
- They call out commands: "gee" and "haw" to take right or left turns
- to stop they say "whoa"
All About Junior Iditarods
- Their journey takes longer than a weekend
- It has happened every February since 1973
- Dog minimum is 7
- Dog maximum is 10
- Starts in Anchorage, Alaska
- Ends in Nome
- Course follows the first section of the regular Iditarod race
How it all Began
- 1925- people and their dogs in Anchorage delivered medicine for the sick children in Nome
- Dog sleds were used to carry mail and supplies
- Dog sleds once were a primary source of transportation
Rules of the Race
- Dogs must be checked no longer than 14 days before race
- Have to be up to date on shots
- Each dog is required to wear dog booties (shoes to protect dogs feet and keeps their feet warm)
- Mushers must have: dog food, dog food cookers, and 8 dog booties
- At halfway they must take a ten hour break
- Mushers slip ganglines (padded harnesses) over dogs
Junior Iditarods v.s. Iditarod
- Iditarod is 1,150 miles
- Starts in Wasilla Alaska
- Compete for 69,000 dollars and a new truck
- 16 dogs are are allowed
- Up to 9 -15 days
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