Read more about the Iditarod race at http://www.fidos-place.com.
Instead of dogs racing, how about this ? http://www.nytimes.com/2008/12/24/sports/othersports/24ultra.html
According to this http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iditarod_Trail_Sled_Dog_Race when this trail was used to provide supplies, the dogs traveled 14 to 30 miles a day. Not the 100 or so miles they travel daily during the race.
Paragraph taken from above wikipedia article. Pay close attention to the bold lettering, which will say how no dog traveled more than 100 miles. And this was for an emergency delivery of medicine to save children. Not to win fabulous prizes and gifts.
- The most famous event in the history of Alaskan mushing is the 1925 serum run to Nome, also known as the “Great Race of Mercy.” A diphtheria epidemic threatened Nome, especially the Inuit children who had no immunity to the “white man’s disease,” and the nearest quantity of antitoxin was found to be in Anchorage. Since the two available planes were both dismantled and had never been flown in the winter, Governor Scott Bone approved a safer route. The 20-pound (9.1 kg) cylinder of serum was sent by train 298 miles (480 km) from the southern port of Seward to Nenana, where it was passed just before midnight on January 27 to the first of twenty mushers and more than 100 dogs who relayed the package 674 miles (1,085 km) from Nenana to Nome. The dogs ran in relays, with no dog running over 100 miles (160 km).
The Iditarod Dog Sled Race needs a complete overhaul. Some thoughts.
- Shorten the distance.
- Limit the amount of miles the dog team can travel in a 24 hour period, to thirty miles.
- Any musher that has a dog die during the race is banned for life, from entering any other dog sled competitions.
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