The Amazing Junior Iditarods

Julia Burns and Tyler Coreas Period:1&5 2-3-16

Sledding Teens

  • Young mushers enter only
  • Ages 14-17
  • Regular Iditarod -ages 18+
  • Joe Redington, Sr. created the Iditarod
  • 7-10 dogs per junior musher

Adventures of Alaska

  • Located in Alaska
  • Starts in Anchorage, ends in Nome
  • Juniors race 150 miles
  • Adults race 1,150 miles

When it Was Invented

  • Starts every February
  • Starts at 10AM
  • Junior Iditarod was made in 1978
  • Regular Iditarod was made in 1973
  • Dogs checked- 14 days before race (Vet)

Why Do They Race?

  • State sport
  • Follow Historical path (Dog brought medicine using path)
  • Can win Scholarships
  • Win $69,000 and a truck

How It All Started

  • Dog sleds were transportation
  • 35 miles to train for running
  • Learn commands such as- Gee (Right) and Haw (Left)
  • Brought in an antitoxin for Diphtheria which is a very contagious upper respiratory tract illness

Fun Facts!

  • Must have certain items- dog food,ax, snowshoes, ETC.
  • Dogs slept on straw beds
  • Dogs burn 10,000 calories a day
  • Must see if dogs get along in groups
  • Vets check dogs for medical problems

Citations

Crane, Cody. "Cool Runnings." Science World (Vol. 65, No. 10). 23 Feb. 2009: 8+. SIRS Discoverer. Web. 01 Feb. 2016.Topic: Junior Iditarod

"Race Across Alaska." Weekly Reader-3 (Vol. 74, No. 19). Feb. 25 2005: 2+. SIRS Discoverer. Web. 01 Feb. 2016.

Shahan, Sherry. "Running with the big dogs." Boys' Life Feb. 2007: 10. Student Resources in Context. Web. 2 Feb. 2016.

Shahan, Sherry. "Teens, Their Dogs, and an Amazing Race." Christian Science Monitor. Feb. 19 2008: n.p. SIRS Discoverer. Web. 01 Feb. 2016.


Images:

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/31KLvWG500L._SY300_.jpg

http://iditarod-collaborative-project.wikispaces.com/Team+Willomitzer

https://kidskonnect.com/fun/iditarod/

http://www.nationalgeographic.com/iditarod/

http://www.familysecuritymatters.org/publications/detail/the-iditarod-on-12000-calories-a-day