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Iditarod by Bill Sherwonit
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Apr 05, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: adult-nonfiction, adventure-survival, animals, sports-and-athletes
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With its 1,100 miles of trail, the Iditarod Trail Race is the longest sled dog race in the world. Participants come from many countries to compete in this race, not only for the prize money, but for the thrill, adventure, and chance to test their limits in America's Last Frontier. The trail includes some of the roughest terrain in Alaska, and weather conditions can include blizzards and temperatures reaching nearly 50 degrees below zero and more with wind chill. The majority of the trail follows the route taken in 1925 when dog sled relay teams delivered life saving diphtheria serum to the citizens of Nome which was isolated by a blizzard. This book tells the story of the "Great Race of Mercy" as well as the races along the modern Iditarod Trail. Beautiful photographs accompany this comprehensive story of the historic race and the people and places that have contributed to its success.
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message 1: by Carol (new)

Carol This is one those books that make you want to know more and possibly will spur some to go see the race. Lots of fiction and non-fiction written about the Iditarod.

One year our book group read Cruelest Miles: The Heroic Story of Dogs and Men in a Race Against an Epidemic, another book which explores the race to bring diptheria serum to Nome, the inspiration for the Iditarod. We loved it!


Cheryl Yes, I'd like to read that one too!


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