The Amazing Race!

Learn abut the dogs,how it all began, and about the race

BY: Isabella Stewart , Caleb Holbrook, and Caleb Jones

What is the Iditarod


  • The Iditarod is a sledding race that happens on the first Saturday of March. It's 1,049 miles long. The race goes to Anchorage, Alaska to Nome, Alaska.

What is Diphtheria

It is a contagious disease that spreads through the nostrils, throat, and tonsils also

it spreads through bacteria

Back in time !

  • The Iditarod began because of a virus called dipheria, that makes breathing hard and medicines and antibiotic's
  • The outbreak in 1925 could kill most of the population in Nome
  • The race format started in 1973
  • The first races started in 1967, and 1969
  • People in Siberia would use dog sledding as a lengthy migration
  • In the 1920s dog sledding was brought to England because gold relied on the sled dogs

Woof, the Dogs are Ready

  • Alaskan huskies are most common use dogs in dog racing but there are Siberian huskies
  • There is special bond between the dogs and the mushers
  • Mushers reach checkpoint at night to get for their dogs
  • The dogs do not mind the cold temperatures
  • The dogs are good athletes, hard working, hardly driven and friendly

Starting at the Starting Line

  • The race takes place in Anchorage,Alaska and ends in Nome, Alaska
  • Drivers are known as Mushers
  • The race takes abut 10 to 17 days
  • The Mushers must have at least 5 dogs cross the finish line
  • Some Mushers will eat high protein dog food
  • Mushers wear heavy snow suits and very thick sleeping bags
  • Winds that block out site and temperatures that are below zero
  • Top 30 winners spit and share the money of 650,000 but first place wins a new truck and $50,400

Interesting Facts

  • Modern people use Siberian huskies or Alaskan Malamute
  • Sprint races are up to 30 miles
  • Mid distance races are 300 miles
  • A distance race is 1000 miles
  • Fastest sprint terms up to 20 miles
  • Mushers take the northern route even years and take the southern route odd years
  • The entry fee is $3,000 and the late fee is $7,000

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