The Iditarod Project

Alaska, Culture and Sled Dogs

Alaskan Landscape

Yukon River is one of the longest navigable waterways. Alaska has wilderness of ice and snow. In 2009 it was 25 degrees below zero. In 1973 it hit 130 degrees below zero. Many major volcanoes. Glaciers and ice fields cover 5% of the state. There are no trees for miles in some parts of Alaska. In the spring it get to 31/3 degrees f, Summer it gets to 64/43 degrees f, Fall it is 21/1 degrees f, Winter get to -7/-28 degrees f.

The history and imformation about the Iditarod

The Iditarod originated in 1967.The race goes between Anchorage to Nome. The race is 1,100 miles (1.770 kilometers) long. In the early days it took 20 days, But today it only takes Ten days. Critics claim 114 dogs died during the first three decades of the race. The race lasted for eight-seventeen days. Musher Dallas Seavey completed the race in eight days, thirteen hours, four minutes, and nineteen seconds. The race starts on the first Saturday of march.

Mushers, Sled dogs, and Sleds

The sled dogs (if an adult) are 23-25 inches long, and 58-64 centimeters. Sled dogs weigh 75-85 pounds, and 43-39 kilograms. Also the sled dogs can be very friendly and loyal. The Mushers have to have 12-16 sled dogs to ace in The Iditarod. Jeff King won in1993,1996,1998, and 2006.

Culture and Natives of Alaska

Traditionally lived along the Arctic Ocean. American Indians make up one-seventh of Alaska's population. When the Russians came, they had brought diseases that the Alaskan Natives were not exposed to. Russia traded with the Alaskan Natives before they came. The Natives are broken up into three different groups Eskimo, American Indian, and Pleat. The Alaskan Natives used seal oil lamps to light and heat the house they lived in.