Eureka Lodge 156 Race: A new race was just organized and Vern and I are going to run two teams in it. It is unique in several ways: 2 days (Dec 31st & Jan 1st) with an out-and-back and a reverse order re-start repeating the same route on 2nd day, and you get to pick a special bib from a previous race and wear it. I have selected my Top of the World 350 Race bib. It was only run once (from Tok to Eagle Village and back) in honor of their tribal cheif who was killed in an accident. It ended on New Year’s Eve 2012.
A big thank you goes to Roni, owner and operator of Roni’s Chinook Deli and Pizza in Willow, AK. She is donating some of her amazing pizzas for my drop-bag food. There’s nothing like being on the trail and throwing a slice of pizza on the wood stove in a remote cabin.
NEW SPONSOR FOR MY IDITAROD TEAM: The Last Checkpoint Retired Sled Dog Kennels. This is a program that really touches my heart. http://www.geehaw.org/
NOTHING BUT THE BEST FOR THE DOGGIES: I just picked up 1700 pounds of human-grade salmon, beef heart, ground turkey, ground pork, and boneless chicken breasts and legs. A big THANKS goes toThree Bears Alaska – they sponsored the meat for my 2019 Iditarod. I tell people that those dogs eat better than most people – and they do!
I just received another sponsor – ALASKAN TOUR GUIDES. They are an Alaskan owned and operated tour company who strives to make every traveler’s Alaska dream vacation come true.
We have been busy with the transition into fall training AND we have a new family member! Four weeks ago, someone abandoned a 5-week old kitten in the woods near our house. We named him Mocha and he is doing well.
Deciding to run the 1000-mile Iditarod Sled Dog Race is not one I take lightly. However, after much thought and discussion with my husband, I will travel the trail one final time in 2019. I will be 60 years young and this a great way to finish my Iditarod racing career.
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Went to Iditarod Headquarters yesterday with friends visiting from California. They are pointing out the two years where my name is on the Red Lantern Trophy: 2015 (age 56) and 2017 (age 58). Life just keeps getting better.