Ever wish you could run the Iditarod Dog Sled Race in Alaska?

January 3, 2009

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A fellow homeschool friend Beth, pointed me to this great site:  The Iditarod Project.

It is aimed at helping students ‘virtually’ join in the famous Iditarod dog sled race held every year in Alaska.  If you don’t know much about the Iditarod, check out the official Iditarod website.  It is an amazing race over 1150 miles long across the rugged Alaskan wilderness that takes around two weeks of grueling endurance to complete.  It’s history goes back to the routes the dog sleds took to bring supplies in from to coast to the mining towns in the interior.  There are even heroic stories of dog sled teams bringing medicines along these routes in time to save many lives.

All you need to participate in The Iditarod Project is be a public, private, or home school and join by January 9th.  The project includes the following activities:

  • study the trail and musher biographies
  • create a wall-sized map of the trail
  • select a musher to follow in this year’s race
  • track the selected musher’s progress as the race occurs
  • post to each checkpoint’s blog as the selected musher reaches each stop on the trail
  • complete the problem solving tasks you find at each checkpoint’s blog
  • arrive in Nome vicariously with your selected musher
  • receive an official 2008 eIditarod class certificate for completion of the trail!

We’ll be joining for the first time this year – let us know what team you choose!

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