Iditarod Information

VASCULITIS: Racing for Life 

In my continuing effort to raise Rare Disease Awareness, I carried the National Organization of Rare Disorders (NORD) Banner across the finish line of the Alaskan Iditarod Sled Dog Race. This 1000-mile race begins the first Saturday in March. It starts in Anchorage and ends in Nome. The connections between disease and the Iditarod provide a great opportunity to continue to raise rare disease awareness.

Iditarod History: “In 1925 when a diphtheria epidemic (one of several devastating epidemics to sweep Alaska in the first part of the century) threatened isolated, icebound Nome. The nearest serum was in Anchorage. A Pony Express-type relay of dog teams was quickly organized. The serum arrived in time to prevent the epidemic and save hundreds of lives.”

On Sunday, March 22nd at 9:19 PM I crossed the Iditarod finish line in Nome! It took me 13 days, 11 hours, 19 minutes, and 51 seconds. What an incredibly difficult but rewarding experience – to travel 1000 miles across the Alaskan wilderness with my team of amazing canine athletes. And I finally got the NORD (National Organization of Rare Disorders) banner that I held on the summit of Mt. Everest under the burled arch in Nome!

After 13 days, 11 hours, 19 minutes, and 51 seconds my team of amazing canine athletes bring us across the finish line!
After 13 days, 11 hours, 19 minutes, and 51 seconds my team of amazing canine athletes bring us across the finish line!

A special thank you go to Vern Halter and Susan Whiton, owners of Dream a Dream Dog Farm!

Vern and me under the burled arch in Nome.
Vern and me under the burled arch in Nome.
Me and Vern during 2014 Iditarod Musher sign-up.
Me and Vern during 2014 Iditarod Musher sign-up.

Vern's Kennel Map

 

From 2011 through March of 2013, I trained and raced out of Lance Mackey‘s Comeback Kennel

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