Friday, March 4, 2011

The Race is On!

The Iditarod race started this Saturday. We'll be tracking the mushers in class and writing about them in centers.

This short video shows what the start of the race looked like.

The ceremonial start was in Anchorage on Saturday.The start the race there, but have to truck in snow because there isn't enough to race on. The dogs travel out of town and are loaded on trucks to head to the official restart in Willow on Sunday. You might notice in the video some people riding on the sleds. That is only for the first part of the race, these people, called Iditariders pay money to ride. The money is donated to the race.

Here are some links to help you out!The first 2 links we will be using in class.

RACE STANDINGS- Use this link to fill in your Musher Checkpoint Chart... and see who is currently in the lead in the race! Updated often!

MUSHER LISTING -Use this link in Centers. Click on your Musher's name to learn more about them, and then fill in your Musher Bio Paper.

These ones are more for fun, in case you want to know MORE about the race. :)

- Official Iditarod Blog. Go here to read news about the race.

ZUMA'S PAWPRINTS- Blog for Kids "written by" an Iditarod Sled Dog!

ROUTE & CHECKPOINTS- Go here to see a map of the race and how far checkpoints are apart.

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