The Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race takes place in Alaska each year in early March. Mushers and their sled dog teams race approximately 1,049 miles from Anchorage to Nome. The race usually takes 9-15 days. The teams race through blizzards, freezing temperatures, and brutal winds. This winter you will be joining students from across Door County to race the Iditarod sled dog teams to Nome. You will be challenged to read one minute for every mile on the Iditarod Trail. Although the Iditarod only takes about two weeks, we will be giving you six weeks to complete this challenge from Feb. 15 to March 31. Along the Iditarod Trail, mushers stop at checkpoints to take care of their dogs, eat, and sleep (a little bit). You will be given 4 library checkpoints along your IditaRead Challenge. At each checkpoint, you can stop in your school library for a stamp on your IditaRead Challenge Log and a prize. (Reading Log below). Students who complete the entire challenge will earn an IditaRead finisher’s certificate and be entered to win a free book from the public library. The classroom at each grade level that turns in the most completed forms will earn the right to choose a new book for the school library. Happy Mushing! Stop by any Door County branch library to hang up your husky showing that you are participating in this year’s IditaRead Challenge. The official Iditarod begins March 5th.