It is called "The Last Great Race on Earth," and it began today in earnest -- Iditarod XXXVI. Following yesterday's ceremonial start in Anchorage, ninety-six mushers and their teams of between 12 and 16 dogs began the 1150 mile, 10 to 17 day journey to Nome.
The official Iditarod website has race stats, video, photos, and lots of teacher resources. I was one of 12 applicants for Teacher on the Trail, and although I was not chosen this time, just the process of applying increased my awe of and respect for the men, women and dogs who participate each year in running the race and supporting those who do run it.
Join the excitement of the race by reading an Iditarod themed book.