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Title: History of the Iditarod


1
History of the Iditarod
  • Dianne Cline GRC Literature
  • Oak Mountain Middle School
  • Shelby County Schools

2
I. Iditarod
  • Iditarod is a sled dog race on the Iditarod Trail
  • 1973 - First race to Nome, Alaska

3
I. Iditarod
  • Idea for race came from Dorothy Page
  • She wanted a way to celebrate Alaskas Centennial
    in 1967

4
II. Iditarod Trail
  • The Trail was used in 1920s by dog sled teams to
    transport mail, supplies, settlers

5
II. Iditarod Trail
  • Original trail began in Seward, Alaska
  • Trail reopened by U. S. Army in 1972 as a winter
    exercise
  • Trail known as a winter trail
  • Trail crosses remote areas of Alaska

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III. Iditarod Facts
  • Dorothy Page is known as the mother of the
    Iditarod
  • The northern route (approx. 1112 miles) is run in
    even years
  • The southern route (approx. 1131 miles) is run in
    odd years

8
III. Iditarod Facts
  • Race starts in Anchorage, Alaska (since 1983)
  • Usually takes between 9 12 days for 1st musher
    to finish race

9
IV. Iditarod Traditions
  • A lantern known as the Widows Lamp is lit at
    10 a.m. on the 1st Sun. in March at the trails
    end (finish line)
  • The Widows Lamp is extinguished when the last
    musher crosses the finish line signaling the
    official end of the race

10
IV. Iditarod Traditions
  • A Red Lantern is awarded to the last musher who
    finishes the race as a symbol of perseverance

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V. Iditarod Trivia
  • Iditarod is a Shageluk Indian word means clear
    water
  • Teams average 16 dogs
  • Approx. 65 mushers enter the race each year

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V. Iditarod Trivia
  • 26 checkpoints on northern route
  • 27 checkpoints on southern route
  • Youngest musher was 18 years old oldest musher
    was 88 years old
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