Behind the Scenes

Iditarod By: Bianca&Ava

Towns

  • Anchorage is starting line
  • Biggest city
  • Population is 254,849
  • Nome is the finish line
  • Population 3,576

Checkpoints

  • Normally below zero degrees
  • Dogs- raw meat
  • Dogs-bacon
  • Trail mix-mushers
  • Honeyballs-mushers
  • Honeyballs made differently- dogs

Health

  • ECG evaluation to check for heart problems
  • Blood test
  • Pre-race evaluation by a licensed veterinarian
  • Months of training double aerobic capacity
  • Drug testing
  • Dogs burn calories extremely fast

Judges/Rules

  • Every musher has a cachet
  • Judges check to see if they have them
  • If not they have to go back to the last checkpoint
  • Have to be 18 yeas old

Fun facts

  • Dogs eat 12,000 calories per day which is equivalent to 24 big macs
  • Carl Hunginton won the slowest race 20 days,15 hours and 2 minutes
  • Some mushers get attacked by moose
  • Trails get relocated sometimes during the race
  • Dogs on a diet to 60 to 70 percent fat

History

  • Diphtheria winter 1925
  • Dogs brought in medicine
  • Makes it hard to breath
  • Gold found on Nomes beaches
  • British man misinterpreted Nome
  • Should be named something different

Works cited

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    "Iditarod - Last Great Race on Earth®." Iditarod - Last Great Race on Earth®. Iditarod Trail Committee, Inc., 3 Feb. 2015. Web. 31 Jan. 2015.



    McPherson, National Geographic PUBLISHED March 8, 2014, Angie. "5 Surprising Facts About the Iditarod Dog Sled Race." National Geographic. National Geographic Society, 8 Mar. 2014. Web. 31 Mar. 2016.


    "Report from the Iditarod: The race restart: Sunday saw mushers pack sleds, head for first checkpoint." News-Sentinel [Fort Wayne, IN] 6 Mar. 2007. Student Resources in Context. Web. 6 Apr. 2016


    Shahan, Sherry. "Teens, Their Dogs, and an Amazing Race." Christian Science Monitor. Feb. 19 2008: n.p. SIRS Discoverer. Web. 05 Apr. 2016.