One of the best things about being an educator – either as a teacher or a homeschool mom, is teaching your children through some of the things that are going on around us.
This week is when the Iditarod Races are held- and one of my awesome friends Britt has made this great printable pack for us to use with our kiddos. Get yours today! But first, a little information on the sled dog races!
The Iditarod is an annual sled dog race. The long distance race begins in Anchorage, Alaska and mushers travel with their sled dog teams to Nome, Alaska. Each sled dog team consists of 16 dogs and their musher. Teams travel through the snow covered route for 9-15 days.
This famous event is in honor of the 1925 serum run to Nome. An epidemic outbreak of diphtheria had the town of Nome in need of medicine. The nearest town that had the serum was Anchorage. The train could not get to Nome because of the bad weather. A group of sled dogs and mushers took turns racing their teams to checkpoints to retrieve the serum and bring it back to Nome.
Balto was the lead dog of the sled team that arrived with the serum back in Nome. Today there is a statue of Balto in Central Park, New York in honor of his bravery. The people of Nome survived because of the dedicated mushers and their sled dogs bravely traveling the dangerous and cold route.
The Iditarod Sled Dog Race began in 1973. Today the Iditarod covers 938 miles of the historic trail and there are 26 checkpoints along the way. The checkpoints have areas for the mushers and their teams to rest. This is where mushers can collect drop bags of supplies that include food, gear, and tools. The first team to cross the finish line in Nome is the winner. The Iditarod is a highly competitive race with mushers from all over the world coming to participate
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