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How the Jr. Iditarod keeps dogs and racers safe
Have you ever wondered how racers and dogs are protected in the Jr. Iditarod? Well, this is your chance to find out! Racers have to follow certain rules to keep themselves and their dogs safe. Read on to find out how racers and dogs are kept safe!
When dogs have wounded feet, their handlers will put “booties” on their feet to keep them safe until their feet heal. This helps the racers keep going and the dogs to run in comfort.
In the Jr. Iditarod, there are two very important checkpoints. The first checkpoint is where an official examines their sled, dogs, and cargo. The next one is Yentna Station, their halfway checkpoint and overnight stop. At this checkpoint, you are required to stay ten hours so you don’t get too far ahead. All the racers help each other build a fire so they can melt snow for water and warm up their food.
In the Jr. Iditarod, racers are required to carry certain cargo on their sleds. They are required to carry 2 lbs. of food per dog in case of emergency. (The food for the dogs’ dinner is delivered to the Yentna Station the day before.) The dogs also eat fish snacks to keep their energy up. Fish snacks are chunks of frozen salmon.
This is how racers keep themselves and their dogs safe during the Jr. Iditarod. I hope you were able to learn from this essay. Thank you for reading it.
Article posted March 29, 2012 at 09:50 PM •
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