Behind the Scenes Iditarod

By:Addy Snyder and Tyler Reise

Pre-Race Procedures

  • Mushers go to meeting
  • Listen to a trail report
  • Talk to their iditariders
  • Listen to race officials speak
  • Vet comes;
  • Checks heart beat
  • Feels spine, bones, joints, muscles
  • Blood work
  • Scan dogs (30 seconds)

Rules Before Race

  • Must be 18 or older (real Iditarod)
  • Must complete prior Iditarod
  • Or Yukon Quest
  • Or two 300mi races prior, must complete within 75% of field
  • Written proof of prior

Checkpoints

  • Start at anchorage
  • Alaska's largest city (population)
  • End at Nome
  • Gold was discovered in its sand
  • Ophir- middle check point at 352mi
  • Ghost town population-0

The Trails

  • Iditarod ~ 1,150 miles
  • Southern Trail ~ created to stop running through northern towns
  • Northern Trail ~ 25 checkpoints
  • Southern Trail ~ 26 checkpoints
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