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.
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
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