Saturday, March 1, 2008

And they're off, well, kind of!

Iditarod

For the past few years we have enjoyed following the Iditarod, an amazing race that takes roughly two weeks, or more, and pits man and his team of sled dogs against nature. One website was put together just for educators to follow the race with their class and we have enjoyed the wealth of information and fun activities found on that site. It also shows the trail map and some basic info on the race. I don't know how much of that you can enjoy or access without signing up, but it is a great starting place.

Now that the race has begun, well ceremonially, anyway, we will be checking in often to the two main iditarod websites that we get our race info from. One site is sponsored by Cabela's, a major sponsor of the race. The other website is the "official" Iditarod one. Both have great information to offer.

So, we pick a musher and follow the standings to see how they do over the next couple weeks. It is amazing all that they prepare for and endure during this race. The ceremonial start was today, March 1. The "real" start will be tomorrow (March 2) afternoon and they will be following the Northern route this year. I may post more about how 'our musher' is doing in coming days. Feel free to pick a musher and "cheer them on."

Hike! (They don't really say 'mush' for the most part)

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