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Task 1 continuation - Part II (4 points out of 10)

Read the text and do the task. Some parts of the text are missing. Find the most appropriate part for each gap. Write the appropriate letter in the gap. There are more parts than you need.
Annual sled dog race
The checkpoints are essential for a race of this length, difficulty, and isolation. Because there are no roads linking every section of the race, airplanes are used to ferry supplies and people before, during, and after the event. (7)
 
There are important rules in the Iditarod to protect the health and safety of the teams of musher and dogs. During the race, the mushers must take several mandatory rest stops. One eight-hour stop occurs in the middle of the race, and another occurs before the last 124-kilometer section of the race into Nome. (8)
 
There are also rules for the team of dogs, which can range from between 12 and 16 animals per sled. Two pairs of “booties” for each dog are required to protect the animals’ paws from sharp ice and other obstacles on the trail. (9)  The rules of the Iditarod specifically state, “There will be no cruel or inhumane treatment of dogs.”
 
Winning the Iditarod takes months of planning and training. (10)

(from English Teaching Forum, July 2002)

 A 
This enables more villages to participate as checkpoints during this test of endurance across very sparsely populated wilderness.
B
In addition, at one point during the race – whenever each musher decides is best – the team must rest for 24 hours. The mushers have to carry certain safety equipment for themselves, such as warm sleeping bag, a pair of snowshoes, and a small cooker for boiling water.
C
The selected teacher follows the trail where the teams race, sleeps in the sleeping bag at checkpoints, travels on Iditarod Air Force planes, and is present for the finish in Nome.
D
Severe weather conditions made delivery by boat or airplane impossible. That heroic effort of men and their beloved dogs prevented an outbreak of diphtheria in Nome and saved hundreds of lives.
E
It grew from an ancient and practical means of transportation of the native people of Alaska: using muscular dogs to carry cargo through harsh winter weather.
F
In fact, the race has its own “air force” of 23 volunteer pilots who transport dozens of race personnel, such as judges, dog handlers and veterinarians, and tons of cargo, including dogs taken out of the race due to sickness or injury.
G
It begins every year on the first Saturday of March in the city of Anchorage, which is on the Gulf of Alaska in the northern Pacific Ocean. It ends in the town of Nome on the coast of the Bering Sea.
H
Perhaps an indication of the tremendous dedication and preparation required to succeed in Iditarod is that 20 races have been won by only five mushers.
I
Most of the sled cargo is dog food. Each musher must also carry a special veterinarian notebook, which is presented to the veterinarian who examines all the dogs on a team at each checkpoint.
J
The race has grown steadily since then, both in number of entrants who compete and the number of volunteers who help behind the scenes.
K
The race takes almost two weeks and covers approximately 1,800 kilometers (1,120 miles) form Anchorage to Nome.

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