Last Great Race on Earth

Created by: Danielle Coombs and Jake Martin

Iditarod

  • World's most famous, longest sled dog race
  • Starts first Saturday of March
  • Starts Anchorage, Alaska
  • Ends Nome, Alaska
  • Crosses Alaska; Kuskokwim mountain ranges
  • Northern route- even years
  • Southern route- odd years
  • About 1,100 miles long
  • Takes about ten- seventeen days
  • Least twelve dogs, no more than sixteen per sled, five must finish
  • Follows Iditarod trail
  • Since 1973
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Sunset/Sunrise in Alaska

Junior Iditarod

  • About 150 miles long
  • Started 1978
  • Two days
  • $5,000 college scholarship
  • Ages fourteen- seventeen
  • Teenagers compete
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Start of Junior Iditarod

History

  • Honors journey- 1925- help save children with diphtheria
  • Nome without medicine, nearest store- Anchorage
  • First Iditarod, winner took twenty-two days
  • People used, get around by dog sled, carrying mail, people, supplies
  • Outbreak of diphtheria
  • Thirty-five people started first race, only twenty-two finished
  • Successfully transported medicine

FUN FACTS!

  • Temperature can get -40 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Sled dogs tend not have health problems
  • Dog's ability- compete- depends rest, diet, sleep etc.
  • Dogs could run marathons every day
  • Enormous endurance- musher and sled dogs
  • Very particular- dogs appearance and health

Novel connection

Learning about Iditarod will bebeneficial when reading Woodsong part two
  • Have a better understanding- Iditarod race
  • Understand references Paulsen makes
  • Know rules of race
  • Understand severity of race- how difficult
  • Know reasoning- training dogs hard
  • Understand- Paulsen's experience- better knowledge

Work Cited

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http://www.alaskastock.com/akfacts/images/700DTFQ0005001.jpg


Fraser, Stephen. "The Amazing Race." Current Science (Vol. 94, No. 12). 27 Feb. 2009: 4+. SIRS Discoverer. Web. 25 Feb. 2016.


Crane, Cody. "Cool Runnings." Science World (Vol. 65, No. 10). 23 Feb. 2009: 8+. SIRS Discoverer. Web. 24 Feb. 2016.


Nightingale, Dave. "Iditarod." World Book Student. World Book, 2016. Web. 24 Feb. 2016.


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http://jriditarod.com/wp-content/gallery/2014kenneyphotos/dsc_2737.jpg


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"Race Across Alaska." Weekly Reader-3 (Vol. 74, No. 19). Feb. 25 2005: 2+. SIRS Discoverer. Web. 24 Feb. 2016.


"A Sled Dog Life." Iditarod. Scholastic Inc., 2015. Web. 04 Mar. 2015.