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Created with Fabric.js 1.4.5 Iditarod Dog Sled Race The children of Nome were dying of Diphtheria in 1925,and only an antidote 1,000miles away in Anchoragecould save them. It couldn't be taken by train, because the nearest train station was over 700 miles away in Nenana It couldn't be taken by airplane, because the winds were too fierce. It couldn't be taken by boat, because the water was frozen over. The only option left was sled dogs. Over 20 different mushers and their dog teams worked together to deliver the life-saving medicine. However, the only dog that got credit was the widely-known Balto, just because he was the head of the last dog team to deliver the medicine safely to Nome. As airplane travel became more common in Alaska during the first third of the 20th century, the use of sled dogs declined. It was not until the late 60's that someone thought up the idea of a long-distance race across the Iditarod to raise awareness of the use of dogsledding and preserve the history of the serum run in 1925. The idea was thought up by Dorothy Paige, and was then founded by Joe Redington Senior. The founders of the Iditarod Dorothy Paige Joe Redington The Details of the Race - It begins each year on the first weekend of March.- It started in1973- It reaches over 1,000 miles, from Anchorage to Nome.- Mushers and their dog teams usually reach the finish within 10 to 15 days. - The race also includes the roughest, toughest terrain that nature has to offer. - Jagged mountain ranges - A frozen river - A dense forest - Desolate tundra - Miles of windswept coast Without the sled dogs to deliver the life-saving serum to Nome, Alaska'snext generation may have been lost.
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