The Iditarod In 1925 a terrible epidemic struck the city of Nome, Alaska. The people were dying of diphtheria, and they had no way to stop its spread. The serum needed was almost gone. Bad weather kept planes on the ground in Fairbanks, Alaska, so they couldnt bring supplies. The closest they could get was Nenana, Alaska. The serum was rushed from there to Nome by dog sled relay teams. They covered the 675 miles in just over 5 days. The Iditarod race was insOtuted in honor of the historic feat. The Iditarod Sled Dog Race is known as the "Last Great Race on Earth.” Mushers from all over the world cover the 1,049 mile run.
The Iditarod1.What was the event that sparked the long sled dog run in 1925? A. A typhoid epidemic B. A diphtheria epidemic C. A mining accident D. A ﬂu epidemic 2. How might history have changed if snow hadnt kept planes from delivering the serum to Nome? A. Dog races would have been less popular B. The disease would have been stopped sooner C. The amazing dog sled relay would have happened somewhere else D. The Iditarod might not have been run 3. What things would a musher not keep in the sled? A. Snow shoes B. Cooker and pot C. Dog booOes D. Skis
The IditarodThe Iditarod dog sled race is held during the early spring in Alaska. SomeFmes the weather is very bad, and the temperatures get very cold. If someone oﬀered you a chance to ride in one of the sleds for the whole race, what would you say and why?
The Iditarod1. A musher trains 4 dogs each day. A training run usually covers about 12 miles of trails. If the musher trains seven days a week, how many miles of trails will that musher travel in a week of training runs? 2. Sierra is a junior musher. She has 12 huskies. She buys 11 more from another musher. Then Callie gives two dogs to each of her 2 friends. How many dogs does Callie have now? 3. On Rick Swenson’s dog team, there are 6 black huskies, 4 white huskies, and 5 gray huskies. What fracOon of Rick’s dog team is white?
The Iditarod1. ChrisOna has to feed her sled dogs.If she started at 3:20, and ended at 3:50, how long did they bake? 2. Lance Mackey le_ the checkpoint on a Monday. He spent the next 3 days on the trail. What day did he get to the next checkpoint? 3. It was 400 miles between the White Mountains checkpoint to Nome, and Jeﬀ King was half way there. How far has he gone?
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The Iditarod Crossword Words and clues are on the next page.
The Iditarod – CrosswordAcross 4 A state in northwestern North America; the 49th state admieed to the union. 5 A disease of the throat which can make breathing diﬃcult. 7 ﬁrm or ﬁxed intenOon to achieve a desired end 8 A way of sending coded messages over wire by electricity. 9 dog who runs in front of others. It must be intelligent and fast. (2 words) Down 1 Command to stop the dog team. 2 The dog that raced the relay to save the people of Alaska from diptheria. 3 A town in western Alaska on the southern coast of the Seward Peninsula; an important center of an Alaskan gold rush at the beginning of the 20th century. 6 An important dogsled race run annually on the Iditarod Trail. 7 A sled that is pulled by a team of dogs. (2 words)
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