Sled Dog Racing Origin

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<ul><li> 1. Sled Dog Racing The Origin of the Iditarod Race </li> <li> 2. Before sled dog racing became a formal sport, sled dogs were bred and used by native people of the polar regions for transportation and work. </li> <li> 3. In the 1920's, airplanes began to replace sled dog teams for transportation, freight hauling, and mail delivery. </li> <li> 4. In 1925 Alaska experienced an outbreak of diphtheria. The antidote needed to be relayed from Nenana to Nome, Alaska. </li> <li> 5. 20 drivers and about 100 dogs were recruited to deliver the serum. Planes could not be used fearing if the plane crashed, the serum would be lost. </li> <li> 6. The sled dog drive was a success, the serum was delivered and lives were saved. The drive covered 674 miles in less than five and a half days. </li> <li> 7. This drive, along with the use of the Iditarod trail, is the origin of the well known Iditarod sled dog race. </li> <li> 8. Stay Tuned for Part II... The Dogs. </li> </ul>


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