Iditarod 2017 & 2015 Red Lantern Awards

On March 18, 2017, after 12 days, 2 hours, 57 minutes, and 31 seconds, I crossed the finish line in Nome carrying the same National Organization of Rare Disorders Banner and setting a new record for the fastest Red Lantern time in the 45-year history of the race, by 25 hours!  

Photo by Jeff Schultz/SchultzPhoto.com (C) 2017 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

On March 22, 2015, after 13 days, 11 hours, 19 minutes, and 51 seconds, I crossed the finish line in Nome carrying the National Organization of Rare Disorders Banner that I held on the summit of Mt. Everest in May 2010.

Larry and me under the burled arch in Nome. I am holding the NORD Rare Disease Day Banner that I held on the summit of Mt. Everest in 2010.
Larry and me under the burled arch in Nome. I am holding the NORD Rare Disease Day Banner.

As the final musher to complete the race, I received the Red Lantern Award for Perseverance, and had the honor of extinguishing the Widows’ Lantern signifying the end of the 2015 Iditarod.

As the last musher to complete the 2015 Iditarod, I received the Wells Fargo Red Lantern Award for Perseverance. Photo by Erin Montgomery.
Photo by Erin Montgomery.

I ran under Vern Halter’s Dream a Dream Dog Farm, and it was with his help and his amazing canine athletes that I realized my dream of completing the 1000-mile race.Vern and Cindy under arc in Nome edited by Eric - smaller

 

My amazing 2015 team dropping onto the Chena River shortly after the Fairbanks start of the Iditarod. Love those dogs!
My amazing 2015 team dropping onto the Chena River shortly after the Fairbanks start of the Iditarod. Love those dogs!

 

Iditarod finisher statistics as of the finish of the 2015 race: Total number of people who have completed the Iditarod – 749, and of those 122 were women.