teens chasing their alaskan dreams

[literally]

The magic starts here!

  • The Junior Iditarod starts in Anchorage, Alaska
  • The mushers and dogs rest at Yentna Station [In the Junior Iditarod]
  • In the Iditarod the adults start at Anchorage, Alaska and end in Nome, Alaska [Different time than the Junior Iditarod]
  • The Junior Iditarod and Iditarod are held annually
  • The racers in the Junior Iditarod go for only 140 miles then rest for a break

Fun Facts

  • The Iditarod Trail Sled Race is the largest sledding race in the world
  • Many people consider competing in the Junior Iditarod good training for the Iditarod race
  • It takes months and years to prepare for the Junior Iditarod [And actual Iditarod]
  • People come from all over the world to watch both races
  • More than 900 dogs have raced in the Iditarod
  • The winner of the Iditarod wins $50,000 and a new truck
  • When the race is over the dogs get to play with horses in straw that is spread out on the ground
  • The Junior Iditarod is the smaller race and the Iditarod is the larger one

The "never-ending" race

  • The Junior Iditarod lasts 130-160 miles [Iditarod lasts 1,000 miles]
  • A 10 hour break occurs halfway through the Junior Iditarod race [Iditarod race takes a 24-hour break and two 8 hour breaks]
  • The Junior Iditarod started in 1978 [Iditarod started in 1973]
  • The Junior Iditarod is a weekend race in February

Mushers, Veterinarians, and Dogs

  • The Junior Iditarod is for teens ages 14-17 [in the Iditarod the musher has to be at least 18]
  • A Musher is the owner of a dogsled who trains and takes care of the dogs leading the dogsled
  • Veterinarians check on the dogs before and during the race
  • 5-10 dogs pull the sled in the Junior Iditarod [Iditarod has 12-16 dogs]
  • Huskies lead and guide the dogsled
  • The Junior Iditarod tests the mushers skills on taking care of their dogs
  • The mushers are in charge of making/supplying the dogs bed, food, and water
  • The mushers look at a lot of aspects of available dogs to choose what ones will best suit them
  • Most dogs have to give blood to see if they are healthy and ready for the race
  • 12 kids [teams] race in the Junior Iditarod

works cited

  1. Crane, Cody. "Cool Runnings." Science World (Vol. 65, No. 10). 23 Feb. 2009: 8+. SIRS Discoverer. Web. 01 Feb. 2016
  2. .http://www.discovery.com/tv-shows/other-shows/videos/other-shows-iditarod-videos/
  3. Morrison, Tobin. "Dog Race in Alaska." Boys' Life. Dec. 1993: 43+. SIRS Discoverer. Web. 01 Feb. 2016.
  4. "Race Across Alaska." Weekly Reader-3 (Vol. 74, No. 19). Feb. 25 2005: 2+. SIRS Discoverer. Web. 01 Feb. 2016.

By: Emily Sinclair, Maria Mugweh, and Desmon Poinsette-Period 1/7-Febuary4, 2016