Junior Iditarod vs. Iditarod

By Paige Wirt and Joi Hatcher

Iditarod

  • Started in 1973
  • 1,150 miles long
  • 9-15 days long
  • Maximum is 16 dogs to run the race
  • Takes place at the first Sat. in March
  • $69,000 and a new truck for the winner
  • Open to people who are 18+
  • Mushers and dogs are required to take one 24 hour break and two 8 hour breaks

Junior Iditarod

  • Started in 1978
  • About 150 miles long
  • 5.5 days long
  • Maximum is 10 dogs to run the race
  • Take place a week before Iditarod
  • $5,000 college scholarship for the winner
  • Open to people who are 14-17
  • Mushers and dogs are required to take one 10 hour break
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Works Cited

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"Iditarod Facts and Information for Kids | KidsKonnect." KidsKonnect. N.p., 22 Nov. 2015. Web. 04 Mar. 2015.
"Race Across Alaska." Weekly Reader-3 (Vol. 74, No. 19). Feb. 25 2005: 2+. SIRS Discoverer. Web. 05 Apr. 2016
Shahan, Sherry. "Teens, Their Dogs, and an Amazing Race." Christian Science Monitor. Feb. 19 2008: n.p. SIRS Discoverer. Web. 05 Apr. 2016.