ONALASKA, Wis. -- We may not have the amount of snow as those in Alaska, but that did not stop the Onalaska Iditarod race from taking place.

Eighth graders from Onalaska Middle School took part Thursday in their annual Mock Iditarod race. The students have been learning about the real sled dog race in Alaska as part of a reading unit.

Thursday's race included student-created sleds with a musher and the students acted as the dogs in the race. "We've been learning about different mushers. What they have to go through. How they have to prepare and what the dogs do. What they go through and things like that," says eighth grader Sierra Lyon.

The race included eight teams made up of eight students each. The trail was a little more than a mile long.

Teachers say this is a great way to get their students engaged in the subjects they're learning about. The students who participated in the race have to write a reflection paper that compares and contrasts their race with the real Iditarod.