Adventures Along The Iditarod
By: Alexa Courtalis & Kiefer Iacaruso Period: 1 & 5 2/4/16
- Iditarod trail became a life-saving highway for the children in Nome
- Transferred medicine to Nome by a string of mushers and their dogs
- First person to complete race was Dick Wilmarth with a time of 20 days, 49 minutes, and 41 seconds
- First women to win race was Libby Riddles in 1985 and won 3 more times
- First international winner was Martin Buser with a time of 8 days, 22 hours, and 2 seconds in 1992 and won 3 more times
- In the past dogs and their mushers carried mail and supplies
- Dog sleds helped people get from place to place
- CAPTION FOR PICTURE: Map of Alaska, and also the trail that the racers follow.
What Makes a Good Sled Dog
- Lots of speed, endurance, and courage
- willingness, the heart to complete the race with your best effort, and a desire to get thing done
- One sign that shows a lead dog its as the dog ages they start to take charge and can enroll commands quickly
About The Race
- Started in 1973
- Races take place in freezing weather and snow
- Held in Anchorage, Alaska
- Ends in Nome, Alaska
- 2 parts to the Iditarod
- First part: Ceremonial race
- Second part: longer competitive race
- 1,100 miles long (the race)
- 10 to 17 days to complete
- CAPTION FOR PICTURE: The musher and their dogs are running the race with lots of speed, courage, and determination!
Before the Race
- Trains the dogs by making them run 56km run
- Good appetite, and good feet (musher & dog)
- Being able to run far but also going very fast
Musher/ Sled Driver
- Musher/ sled driver's family often have many dogs
- Musher/ sled drivers commonly think of their dogs as 3 main things
- 1. Athletes
- 2. Family pets
- 3. Friends
- Equipment includes: snow parka, snowshoes, an ax, a sleeping bag, food, dog food, and booties for each dog
- Booties protect the dogs feet from snow and ice injuries
- Snub line: rope attached to the sled which is used to tie the sled to a tree or other objects
- Stake: metal or wooden post driven into the ground to which a dog is tied
- Tug line: line that connects dog's harness to the tow line
- Mushers eat rice for energy and it is an emergency food that they go to
- Dog in a basket: tired or injured dog carried in the sled
- Haw: command for left turn
- Gee: command for right turn
- Come gee! Come haw!: commands for a 108 degree turn in either direction
- Mush! Hike! All right! Let's go!: commands to start the team
- Trail!: request for right-of-way on the trail
- Whoa!: command used to halt the team, accompanied by the heavy pressure on the break
- Most famous dog race in the world
- Sometimes called "The Last Great Race on Earth"
- Racers compete for $69,000 and a new truck
- Iditarod is an Indian name meaning "Clear Water"
- Longest dog sledding race in the world
- At least 12-16 dogs must start the race
- March 1 will be the next race
- Also have a junior Iditarod
- 5 dogs must finish the race (minimum)
- Sleds are most likely very light
- Sleds must be able to carry musher, all equipment, and sick or tired dogs
In 2005, Thomas Knolmayer starts to run his race.
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