Race to the Finish

The Iditarod

Isabelle Lopez And Maddie Vulker

History

  • This race is held every first Saturday of March

  • The Iditarod is historic because it was the "The Race Vaccinate"

  • The city of Nome was infected with Diphtheria

  • Gunner Kaasen was able to take 33 dogs and get the antidote.

  • The race is held in honor and the man who created it was Joe Redington

  • The first race was held in 1973

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Dogs

  • The dogs are a major part of the race
  • Must have at least 12 dogs but not over 16
  • They have to meet a certain physical requirement
  • They must be cared for during the race
  • Originally they usually use Alaskan or Siberian huskies

Interesting Facts

  • The prize is a new truck and 69,000 dollars
  • 674 miles from Nome to Nenana a checkpoint
  • A 25,000 dollar donation was made to the race
  • The slowest time was 20 days 15 hours 2 minutes and 7 seconds
  • The fastest time is 9 days 11 hours 11 minutes and 36 seconds
  • Participants receive a 1,000 dollar award from sponsor
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Iditarod

What's better than dogs pulling a sled.

Diptheria

  • Known as "Strangling Angel of children".
  • Antitoxin was located in Nome
  • Killed five children
  • First trip took 5 days and 7 hours
  • Gunner Kaasen retrieved the medicine
  • Reached Nome February 2
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Gunnar Kaasen about to save people from Diptheria