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Iditarod Challenge. 8 th Grade Concepts of Algebra. Iditarod Background. From Anchorage, in south central Alaska, to Nome on the western Bering Sea coast, each team of 12 to 16 dogs and their musher cover over 1150 miles in 10 to 17 days.

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iditarod challenge

Iditarod Challenge

8th Grade

Concepts of Algebra

iditarod background
Iditarod Background
  • From Anchorage, in south central Alaska, to Nome on the western Bering Sea coast, each team of 12 to 16 dogs and their musher cover over 1150 miles in 10 to 17 days.
  • The Iditarod Trail, now a National Historic Trail, had its beginnings as a mail and supply route via dog sled.
  • In 1925, part of the Iditarod Trail became a life saving highway for epidemic-stricken Nome. Diptheria serum had to be brought in by dog sled. Balto was a real dog!
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Northern Route (Even Years)

Southern Route (Odd Years)

Ceremonial Start

willow to yentna
Willow to Yentna
  • Distance 45 mi
  • Rate 11.5 mph
  • Race Start Time 3/5 @ 2:00 PM
  • Use distance formula to solve for time
  • Calculate the elapsed time
yentna to skwentna
Yentna to Skwentna
  • Distance 34 mi
  • Rate 9 mph
  • Start Time
  • CARD: 1A

1A

Moose Attack!

Add 30 minutes to your time.

skwentna to finger lake
Skwentna to Finger Lake
  • Distance 45 mi
  • Rate 7 mph
  • Start Time
  • CARD: 2B

2B

Your team is well fed and full of energy

Increase your rate by 2 mph for this leg.

willow to yentna1
Willow to Yentna
  • Distance 45 mi
  • Rate 11.5 mph