The Great Race To Nome

Iditarod

Facts From the Past

  • Began in 1973
  • Idea came from Joe Redington
  • Diphtheria outbreak in 1925 in Nome
  • Mushers raced from Anchorage to Nome to deliver Diphtheria medicine

Location

Sunday, March 6th, 11am

East 4th Avenue

Anchorage, AK

  • Northern route in even years
  • Southern route in odd years

Rules

  • At least 12 dogs start, no more than 16 dogs can start
  • At lest 5 dogs must finish
  • Only Breeds like Siberian Huskies and and Alaskan Malamutes can race
  • Rule came along in the early 1990's
  • Mushers must wear a fur parka
  • Mushers must be 25 or older

Signals

  • Whoa :stop
  • Gee: turn right
  • Haw: turn left

Interesting Facts

  • Red lantern award given to the last finisher
  • Teams run six hours rest six hours
  • Longest run 32.5 days
  • Dogs are fed 60% to 70% fats

Works Cited

"Iditarod." Club Z!. Winter 2000: 20-21. SIRS Discoverer. Web. 01 Feb. 2016

"Mush! Let's Go!." Chickadee (Toronto, Canada) Vol. 26, No. 10. Dec. 2004: 8+. SIRS Discoverer. Web. 01 Feb. 2016.

Nightingale, Dave. "Iditarod." World Book Student. World Book, 2016. Web. 1 Feb. 2016

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2014/03/140308-iditarod-dogs-sled-race-alaska-willow-science/

Created By

Mackenzie Aarsen
Leana Diaz

Cameron Dawson


February 4, 2016

Period 3/6