8th Annual Ikidarod Kicks Off In Duluth
2nd Graders Compete With Classmates
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Duluth 2nd graders leashed up their classmates Friday for the 8th Annual Ikidarod.
Kids from the North Shore Community School learned how mushers train and run, just like in the annual Jon Beargrease and Iditarod sled dog races.
Instead of dogs, the young mushers used their classmates as dogs.
“Meshing with the two with traditional education and bringing education alive to kids is the goal. So, I found a topic I was interested in. Dog sledding is a local event here and I just kind of came up with it,” said North Shore Community School teacher Anne Wiszowaty.
The teachers say it’s all about working together as a team.
“Give the kids a chance to put what their learning in the classroom to a real life experience and understand how hard it is to get together as a mushing team and how important teamwork is within a group,” said Wiszowaty.
Nearly 30 parents volunteered at this year’s event.