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Women of the Iditarod 2008

If you don't know what the Iditarod is, take a moment to smack yourself on the forehead......done? OK. The Iditarod is a THRILLING dog-sled "race over 1150 miles of the roughest, most beautiful terrain Mother Nature has to offer. She throws jagged mountain ranges, frozen river, dense forest, desolate tundra and miles of windswept coast at the mushers and their dog teams. Add to that temperatures far below zero, winds that can cause a complete loss of visibility, the hazards of overflow, long hours of darkness and treacherous climbs and side hills, and you have the Iditarod. A race extraordinaire, a race only possible in Alaska." (Per their own description, which I couldn't have said any better!) The Iditarod is ran partially in commemoration of a heroic event. In 1925, diphtheria threatened epidemic-stricken Nome, Alaska. Life saving serum was delivered through the extreme efforts of dog mushers and their hard-working sled dogs. This Jr. Iditarod print you see here is by well known Alaskan Artist, David Totten, and is available for sale in limited quantities at their website as a fundraiser for the Jr Iditarod Scholarship Fund.

According to the Iditarod's musher listing, this year's "Women of the Iditarod 2008" are:
Bib # - Name - City - State
3 - Jessie Royer - Fairbanks - AK
17 - Aliy Zirkle - Two Rivers - AK
19 - Karen Ramstead - Perryvale - Canada
21 - Deborah Bicknell - Auke Bay - AK
23 - Jessica Hendricks - Two Rivers - AK
24 - Sigrid Ekran - Norway
27 - Sue Allen - Wasilla - AK
29 - Laura Daugereau - Port Gamble - WA
39 - DeeDee Jonrowe - Willow - AK
40 - Silvia Willis - Deshka River - AK
47 - Heather Siirtola - Talkeetna - AK
55 - Rachael Scdoris - Bend - OR
59 - Melissa Owens - Nome - AK
60 - Jennifer Freking - Finland - MN
62 - Molly Yazwinski - Fairbanks - AK
72 - Sue Morgan - Richmond - UT
75 - Liz Parrish - Klamath Falls - OR
79 - Kim Franklin - United Kingdom
82 - Cindy Gallea - Seeley Lake - MT
86 - Kelley Griffin - Wasilla - AK
88 - Anne Capistrant - Healy - AK
89 - Zoya DeNure - Gakona - AK


You can track their progress and results on the race page of the Iditarod website. There are also some mushers that withdrew according to the Iditarod's musher listing. The projected race finish is March 11 or 12 in Nome. Good luck ladies!!

2 comments:

Stacey Huston said...

Great post! I almost forgot it was Iditarod time again.. been to warm to think of dog sledding here. Thanks for the reminder.

RobinVH said...

Wasn't one of this year's female competitors also blind? Amazing.