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Idiarod Writing Assignment
Dear Mom and Dad,
For our trip we should go to Alaska. Why Alaska? There is cool scenery, interesting activities but most of all; I want to watch the Iditarod Race.
What is the Iditarod? The Eskimos and Inuit people were the first humans that traveled the course known as the Iditarod trail. It started back when gold was found in Nome Alaska. Later a terrible disease spread in Nome. This disease was known as Diphtheria. The only cure was a medicine known as Anit-Toxin. A team of sled dogs was sent to get the medicine from Anchorage and back to Nome. The trip was more than 1000 miles. In 1973, Joe Reddington thought that to honor the dogs that had saved Nome, there should be a race from Anchorage to Nome. The race is known as the Iditarod Race.
The weather in Alaska is really unpredictable. It could be freezing cold with blizzards or warm, which is dangerous because the ice could melt. Anything could happen on the trail.
Along the trail, mushers and dogs face many challenges together. They must work as a team. The Yukon River is one of many. On the trail there is a checkpoint on top of a mountain. That checkpoint is known as Rainy Pass. There are also many hills and rivers to complicate things. The mushers and dogs risk all to win the race.
Mushers and dogs work completely as a team. At the beginning, mushers must knit at least 1000 booties for the dogs. Booties are like shoes that dogs wear to protect their feet. A team is usually one musher and 17 to 18. Sometimes if a dog is sick of injured, then the musher leaves that dog at the next checkpoint. Over all there are usually about 70 racers. This year there were about 100. My musher is Lance Mackey. He won the 2007 Iditarod and this years Iditarod race.
Once again the reason I want to go to Alaska is to watch the Iditarod race. I would learn about sled dog racing, history and have FUN=http://!
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good final writing assignment!!
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