The Iditarod has been called the “Last Great Race on Earth” for a good reason. It is a sled dog race that starts in Anchorage, Alaska and ends over 1,000 miles away in Nome. The landscape is treacherous, and the weather is unforgiving. This race serves to memorialize all the things sled dogs have done in history and for the people of Alaska, but part of the trail raced today is the historical trail mushers used to bring life-saving medicine to Nome during an epidemic of diphtheria in 1925. View The Last Great Race, What is the Iditarod? and Inside the Iditarod. Find out what you know about the Iditarod. Take the Iditarod Dog Sled Race Quiz!
Select a musher that you believe will win. Leave a comment with his/her name on this blog. If someone already chose that musher, you must select a different one. The fastest time of all the mushers selected will win a prize. Good Luck, Mushers!
- Google recently published a collection of Street View imagery capture along the Iditarod trail last year. The views take you to the start of the race in Anchorage, along the trail, into pit stops, and eventually to the finish line in Nome. All of the imagery can be found here.
- If you are interested in learning about the dogs used to pull the sleds over the 1100 mile Iditarod course, check out the American Kennel Club and find out more information about Alaskan Malamutes and Siberian Huskies.
- Scholastic Iditarod resources include information on the history of the race and history of Alaska in general.