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The Iditarod is a sled dog race in Alaska, that was started in 1973. It was started to honor the trail as the only means of transportation over the icy terrain by Dorothy G. Page. The race is made up of 1150 miles from Anchorage Alaska to Nome. Each team of dogs is made up of 12-16 dogs and one musher. The race take 10 to 17 days.
The trail is made up of 25 different checkpoints along the way from Anchorage to Nome. Each checkpoint is an average distance of about 55 miles.
Balto is a well known dog that saved the city of Nome from the fateful death of diphtheria. Balto led a sled dog team over the terrain of the Iditarod trail in 1925. In order to get the medicine that would cure the sick. Balto was not the dog that was supposed to do this but he was the one that ended up pulling through in the end. Know he is a legend with a statue in his honor, in NYC Central Park.
Diphtheria is a disease that affects children’s nose and throats. The bacteria grows inside the throat and blocks the airways. Its very contagious but now there are immunizations to prevent it and cure it.
Musher’s and Dogs
Each team is made up of one musher and 12-16 dogs. Most dogs that entire the race are huskies, which are part wolf. The mushers and dogs need to work together in order for them to finish the race successfully. It is one of the few ultimate tests of teamwork.
2009 Iditarod Race Standings
Current Standings (Top Finishers)
1 Lance Mackey IN TO Nome03/18 11:38
2 Sebastian Schnuelle IN TO Nome03/18 19:05
3 John Baker IN TO Nome03/18 20:18
4 Mitch Seavey IN TO Nome03/19 04:18
5 Cim Smyth IN TO Nome03/19 04:27
6 Dallas Seavey IN TO Nome03/19 04:49
7 Aaron Burmeister IN TO Nome03/19 04:56
8 Jessie Royer IN TO Nome03/19 05:07
9 Ramey Smyth IN TO Nome03/19 07:52
10 Hans Gatt IN TO Nome03/19 10:07
For the rest of this years race standings please click here
My name is Elizabeth Stahle and I attend Grand Valley State University. I am majoring in English with a minor in Elementary Education. I hope to teach anywhere from Kindergarten to 3 rd grade. I love to dance ballet and jazz. One of my favorite sayings to live by is “Go confidently in the direction of your dreams and live the life you’ve imagined” Thoreau.