In 1925, diptheria epidemic medicine was needed for people in Nome. The plane could not be used because it had been taken apart for the winter. In January 1925 the medicine left with a dog team from Anchorage. Twenty-five dog teams relayed the medicine 674 miles. Six days later, on February 2, 1925, Gunner Kaassen with his lead dog, Balto, arrived in Nome.
In 1967 a dog sled race was held to remind people of the sled dog's role in Alaskan history. By 1973, the Iditarod had grown into the modern dog sled race. The Iditarod starts in Anchorage the first Saturday in March and a ends 10 to 12 days later. In 1995 Doug Swingley arrived in a record 9 days. Rick Swenson has won the race a record 5 times.
1925 route through Nenana in gray
Race trail through Iditarod in red
Lance Mackey was diagnosed with throat cancer in 2001. During the 2002 race he had to regroup at the Ohir checkpoint. Now he is cancer FREE. He has a younger group of dogs. He was born in Anchorage, Alaska. He was born on June 2, 1970. He is married to his high school sweetheart who is also a musher. His hobby’s are fishing and running with his dogs.

The musher’s will have to bring many changes of cloths and gloves. The food will be at each checkpoint. If they don’t get to the checkpoint in time there able to pack some dry and canned food with them. If they don’t pack enough cloths or food and they don’t make it to the checkpoint they could freeze or starve. They also have to pack food for the dogs. I would also pack a couple blankets incase they don’t make it to a checkpoint and have to make a camp if they can.
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