The Race Begins

Iditarod: Conner Hall, Brianna Diggs

Dogs On The Run

  • 12-16 dogs per sled.
  • Before race dogs eat 12,000 kilocalories.
  • At least 5 dogs must finish
  • Siberian/Alaskan huskies common
  • Boots for dogs
  • dogs run 6 hrs then rest 6 hrs
  • Months of training
  • Dogs can run without overheating
  • More energetic than normal dogs
  • Dog care diaries must be carried by mushers
  • Dogs deliver medicine, mail, groceries, etc.

Here Come The Docters

  • Saving Diphtheria serum to Nome
  • Caused by cold winter weather
  • Caused by fever and sores in the throat
  • Highly contagious
  • Makes hard to breathe

No Cheating!!

  • Age 18 and up
  • More than 70 teams
  • No more than 16 dogs
  • Mushers meet before race
  • 5 yrs practice experience
  • Ability to work as a team
  • Checkpoints
  • Have to have one special equipment

Ready, Set, GO!!

  • Race starts on first Sunday of March
  • Longest sled race in the world
  • Takes 10 to 20 days to finish
  • -40 degrees
  • White out conditions
  • Gale force winds
  • 2 parts of race
  • Ceremonial race 11 miles
  • Competitive race 1,100 miles
  • 2 sections of trail
  • Southern train in odd years
  • Northern trail in even years
  • equal distance to N.Y.C. to Miami
  • Race is remembered a special historic event called diphtheria

The Snowy Trail

  • race goes through villages
  • villages Ruby, Galena, Nulato
  • Race Coarse has lots of twists and turns
  • Winner gets $68,571
  • Takes 10-20 days to finish

Work Cited

http://www.cdc.gov/features/Diphtheria/index.html,

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http://iditarod.com/?s=dogs

"Race Across Alaska." Weekly Reader-3 (Vol. 74, No. 19). Feb. 25 2005: 2+. SIRS Discoverer. Web. 04 Feb. 2016.

http://teacher.scholastic.com/activities/iditarod/historic/index.asp?article=historic_iditarod

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