Friday, March 4, 2011

Iditarod 2011 Begins Tomorrow!

We will finish watching "Balto" on Monday afternoon. As we discussed in class, the movie is based on a true story about a dog named Balto who helped save children from the diphtheria epidemic in the 1925 serum run to Nome, Alaska. This heroic and life-saving feat is commemorated each year with the Iditarod Sled Dog Race in Alaska. To learn more about this year's race(which starts tomorrow), check out these links!
  • The Official Site of the Iditarod
  • Watch this video on how the mushers and their dogs train for the 1,100 mile sled dog race.
  • Read Zuma's blog -- Zuma is the official canine reporter for the Iditarod.
  • Lance Mackey has won the Iditarod race for the past four years! Do you think he'll win again? To see all the mushers competing this year, click here.
  • Read some "fast facts" on the Iditarod and lots of good links here.

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