EVERY YEAR TEENAGE mushers ages 14 to 17 compete in the Junior Iditarod. The race runs from Knik Lake to Willow Lake over the course of two days allowing the mushers the experience of camping overnight on the trail with their dog teams. Race entrants come from all over the United States and Canada to participate. One of those participants Seiji Takagi is a 14-year old freshman at South Anchorage High School.
He spoke with Kids These Days! before the race last weekend about what it's like to be a teenage musher preparing to run his first Junior Iditarod. Find out how Seiji and the other junior mushers did!
Ishmael Streever from the Alaska Teen Media Institute brings us the story.
This story originally featured on Show 23: Education & the Iditarod.