This Saturday, March 6, 2010, will be the start of the Iditarod Sled Dog Race in Anchorage, Alaska. Students and teachers from all over the world will take part in this “Last Great Race” via the Internet through a project called “eIditarod” facilitated by Walter McKenzie. The history of this race is traced back to the 1920’s when sled dogs were the only means of transportation to bring medicine to the remote city of Nome during adverse weather conditions. Joe Redington, Sr. decided to conduct a race based on this original trail and to offer this race to mushers willing to take the challenge of traveling over 1,100 miles with their dog teams. This is a great experience for students to learn about the state of Alaska, the history of the race, the personal stories of the mushers involved, and to track their progress throughout the race in realtime. For more information on how your class can become involved in this project, you may go to the website:
To follow the entire race details and history, the official website of the Iditarod, www.iditarod.com gives information about the Iditarod, and activities for teachers and students to create their own projects based on this race of endurance and sportsmanship.