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Thank you to all that participated in our Tweet Chat. If you didn't make it here's what you missed!

twitter Q: Hey @BLMAlaska! How cold does it get on the Iditarod Natl. Historic Trail? We love our sun in #Nevada! #iditarodnht2012
A: Seavey says in 1974 -58 (BELOW ZERO)! He adds 'sensible people wouldn't go out, but #mushers aren't sensible' #iditarodnht2012
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Seavey says that in -58 #mushers dissappeared like #ptarmigan. He built a snow cave and waited for morning #iditarodnht2012

twitter  Apple icon for a question from a school Akiachak School, Alaska Q: What’s Dan’s favorite memory of racing in the Iditarod?
A: Seavey's favorite memory is reaching #nome for the 1st time in '73 after 21 days on the #trail. Food! Warmth! A pot of stew!
A: Seavey says real pleasure of #iditarod is moving through beautiful #alaska by dog team. How it's meant to be! #iditarodnht2012

Email iconQ: What happens if there is not enough snow on the trail? #iditarodnht2012
A: Seavey says you 'just keep going and change your plastic sledrunner blades often' #iditarodnht2012

Email icon Apple icon for a question from a school Fairfield Community School District in Fairfield, Iowa Q: How many days does the #Iditarod race run? 
A: Seavey says 8-10 days is avg. for top 20 racers. #iditarodnht2012

Email icon Apple icon for a question from a school  Fairfield Community School District in Fairfield, Iowa Q: How many #mushers compete?
A: 75-100 teams. 100 teams X 12 dogs/team = lots of food, hay &...other dog stuff #iditarodnht2012  
 
twitter Q: what’s the status of statue at mile 0 & artist? #iditarodnht2012
A: Pat Garley of Palmer #alaska creating life-size statue of prospector & packdog. Will be dedicated in May #iditarodnht2012
A: Seavey says statue represents trail pioneers who traveled the trail on foot from Seward to #iditarod = 520 miles! #iditarodnht2012 

twitter Q: The best and most sensible reason to become a musher? #iditarodnht2012
A: Seavey says 'a love of dogs!' His interest started working w/horses as a kid. In #alaska dogs made sense. #iditarodnht2012

twitter Apple icon for a question from a school Fairfield Community School District in Fairfield, Iowa Q: #iditarodnht2012 Is too much snow ever an obstacle in the race?
A: When it snows we go. Sometimes its a "temporary" obstacle. #iditarodnht2012

twitter Q: Last question for Seavey: What do you want kids to know about dog mushing and the #iditarodnht2012?
A: Seavey's final thoughts: We all own #iditarodnht2012 & should help preserve open, wild, public places for the future.

All the Questions we didn’t get to during the Tweet Chat but we said we’d post the answers afterwards:

twitter Apple icon for a question from a school Fairfield Community School District in Fairfield, Iowa Q: #iditarod2012 Can you tell our class what a team can expect to pay to enter and compete in the Iditarod?
A: In 2012, fee was $3,000. Cost of running a team (and completing) costs $20,000 to $30,000, depending on where you live. Is most expensive in rural Alaska due to cost of dog food and shipping.

twitter Apple icon for a question from a school Fairfield Community School District in Fairfield, Iowa Q: #iditarodnht2012 Have there ever been delays called in a race? Is so, what was the cause?
A: No, but in 2003 due to a lack of snow, the race was relocated to run from Fairbanks to Nome.

Email icon Apple icon for a question from a school  Akiachak School, Alaska Q: Is it true that the Iditarod Race was started because of a disease that infected the villagers in Nome who were saved by a relay of dog teams who took serum up to them?
A: Big Misconception. The race was actually created to commemorate the gold rush to Iditarod, AK.
 
Email icon Apple icon for a question from a school Akiachak School, Alaska Q: In what towns do the Iditarod start and finish?
The actual race starts in Big Lake outside of Wasilla and it ends in Nome.
 
Email icon Apple icon for a question from a school  Akiachak School, Alaska Q: Do you sleep while you're moving?
A: They try not to but have fallen off sleds in the past. Some rope themselves onto sled and now they have sit down sleds with backrests.
 
Email icon Apple icon for a question from a school  Akiachak School, Alaska Q: What do you eat while you're racing?
A: Shrink wrapped meals ahead of time. Seal-a-meal and heat it up when they heat up the dog food
 
Email icon Apple icon for a question from a school  Akiachak School, Alaska Q: Do you take breaks to eat or do you eat while you're moving?
A: Eat snack food while they are moving. Meals with the dogs. Smoked salmon, dense dried meats, salami
 
Email icon Apple icon for a question from a school  Akiachak School, Alaska Q: How do you keep warm when the weather is very cold?
A: Keep moving, buy good gear, try not to sweat and stay out of rivers, lakes, and puddles.
 

Email icon Apple icon for a question from a school  Akiachak School, Alaska Q: How do you know where to go when it's dark and blizzardy?
A: No GPS’s. Trailbreakers mark the trail with stakes and the trail is traditionally marked with 10ft tripods

Email icon Apple icon for a question from a school  Akiachak School, Alaska Q: If you fall asleep will your dog’s stay on the trail or could you get lost?
A: Yes and yes. Often times they will stay on the trail but there have been cases of racers getting lost
 
Email icon Apple icon for a question from a school  Akiachak School, Alaska Q: What happens if a dog gets injured? Do you just leave it behind?
A: Dogs are their lives and would never leave them behind. Dogs are carried in the sled until the next check point where vets check them out and care for them.
 
Email icon Apple icon for a question from a school  Akiachak School, Alaska Q: What do you do if your dogs get loose and run off?
A: Search for the dog. Wait it out. And sometimes have to scratch from the race if they can’t find the dog.
 
Email icon Apple icon for a question from a school  Akiachak School, Alaska Q: How long do you have to train a dog before it's ready to race in the Iditarod?
A: The dogs are at least a year old and start working with other sled dogs as young pups.
 
Email icon Apple icon for a question from a school  Akiachak School, Alaska Q: What do you do when you come across a big animal?
A: Stop the team. Moose are known to have a bad attitude with dogs and can be a problem and hurt or kill a dog or a musher.
 
Email icon Apple icon for a question from a school  Akiachak School, Alaska Q: Have you ever seen a polar bear during the race?
A: There has supposedly been one polar bear spotted during the race but there is speculation as it could have been a hallucination.
 
Email icon Apple icon for a question from a school  Akiachak School, Alaska Q: Has a woman ever raced in the Iditarod?
A: Many women have raced the Iditarod including the now deceased 5 time champ Susan Butcher
 
Email icon Apple icon for a question from a school  Akiachak School, Alaska Q: What was the first year you won the Iditarod? How many times have you won?
A: Seavey says, I competed in the first and second Iditarod races placing third and fifth.
 
Email icon Apple icon for a question from a school  Akiachak School, Alaska Q: How old were you when you started mushing? When did you get your first dog team?
A: Seavey says, well I moved up to Alaska in 1963 with my wife from Minnesota and began mushing a year later.
 
Email icon Apple icon for a question from a school  Akiachak School, Alaska Q: How many miles do you practice your dogs each day while preparing for the Iditarod?
A: Earlier in the winter, 50 mile days, sometimes back to back, sometimes with days off. Then later in winter a little more, with more back to back runs.

Email icon Apple icon for a question from a school  Fairfield Community School District in Fairfield, Iowa Q: We are a 5th grade class using this site http://tinyurl.com/775ybjq for learning about Iditarod. What resources do you recommend for 5th grade?
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All of your resources listed on the URL you provided are good. You coould add the links provided under our Tweet Chat Resources and http://alaskageographic.org/static/281/visitor-guide-download-page

Email icon Apple icon for a question from a school  Fairfield Community School District in Fairfield, Iowa Q: How many days does the Iditarod race run? #iditarodnht2012
A: The fastest time was set last year by John Baker at 8 days, 19 hours, 46 minutes, 39 seconds. Other races have lasted as long as 20 days.
 
Email icon Apple icon for a question from a school  Fairfield Community School District in Fairfield, Iowa Q: Is there a limit of how many mushers can compete in the Iditarod? #iditarodnht2012
A: No limit at this time. Ranges from 75-101 teams.
 
Email icon Apple icon for a question from a school  Fairfield Community School District in Fairfield, Iowa Q: What are the most dangerous areas of the Iditarod trail? #iditarodnht2012
A: Historically the hardest part was the mountains between Seward and Anchorage. On the race trail the hardest parts are Rainy Pass and the Alaska Range because of the wind and whiteout conditions.
 
Email icon Apple icon for a question from a school  Fairfield Community School District in Fairfield, Iowa Q: Who are considered the greatest Iditarod mushers of all time? #iditarodnht2012
A: Seavey says, "how do you pick em?" They consider any one that finishes is a winner. Rick Swenson if he had to pick one, winner of the 33rd Iditarod Race.
 
Email icon Apple icon for a question from a school  Fairfield Community School District in Fairfield, Iowa Q: Has any musher or dog ever died as a result of the Iditarod? #iditarodnht2012
A: There have been a few dog deaths but no musher deaths. A trailbreaker was caught in an avalanche and died.