Iditarod – The Last Great Race (R)!
It’s that time of year again. The month of March has the Iditarod running from Fairbanks to Nome Alaska. This is only the second time they have started in Fairbanks. The usual starting point in Willow/Anchorage Alaska.
There are actually TWO routes that are typically used. Both start from Willow and end in Nome. They are approximately 1000 miles each.
Since the snowfall was light this year, the race organizers moved the race to Fairbanks. That gave them a nice fluffy trail to run the dogs and the sleds on.
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Currently, as of this writing, Aliy Zirckle is in the lead:
If you are a teacher, the Iditarod site has a great teachers program to bring lesson plans into your classroom. The students can learn geography, dog racing, winter weather, history, animal and human physiology, etc. Go to the site and give it a whirl.
Enjoy the race!