Running the 1000-mile Iditarod Sled Dog Race is, without question, the most difficult thing I have ever done in my life, but I love doing it. Does that make sense? The Iditarod Trail Committee’s (ITC) Mission Statement helps explain a little of the Why We Do This:
ITC Mission Statement
“TO PROMOTE, SPONSOR AND SUSTAIN THE WORLDPREMIER SLED DOG RACE ALONG THE IDITAROD TRAIL, WHICH INCORPORATES TRADITIONAL WILDERNESS MUSHING SKILLS, MANDATES THE HUMANE TREATMENT OF DOGS, REFLECTS THE HUMAN WONDER AND CHALLENGE OF ALASKA’S WILDERNESS, CONTRIBUTES TO THE HISTORIC, SOCIAL, ECONOMIC AND CULTURAL FABRIC OF ALASKA AND PRESERVES THE HISTORIC CONTRIBUTION AND CONTEMPORARY PRACTICE OF DOG MUSHING”
My two Red Lantern Awards meet. Yesterday I gave “My Journey” presentation at the Iditarod’s Summer Teachers Camp. My 2017 award has been at my house while my 2015 award is kept at Dream A Dream Sled Dog Farm. So I thought it was time they met. I am still waiting for the official name plate for the 2017 award. I love this photo because Larry, the World’s Best Husband, is in it. Photo by Terri Hanke.
On March 18th I crossed the Iditarod finish line in Nome after 12 days, 2 hours, 57 minutes, and 31 seconds on the trail winning my second Red Lantern Award. I beat the fastest Red Lantern time by 1 day, 1 hour, and 45 minutes. The dogs did amazing!!!
This is Panther and Banana in lead. Banana (yellow dog) lead every step of the way – he is an amazing dog and big love bug!
It is official – the Iditarod Re-start is starting out of Fairbanks due to the poor trail conditions in the Dalzell Gorge. This is the same route I ran in 2015. It was a very cold race with temps dropping to negative 50-60 degrees F. Hoping for a little warmer temps this time.