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!!
Have you heard of Adventure Racing? I think it's a really great sport for the outdoorswoman, since it can combine a variety of outdoor skills that you may already do regularly! According to Wikipedia, adventure racing is described as "a combination of two or more disciplines, including orienteering and navigation, cross-country running, mountain biking, paddling and climbing and related rope skills. An expedition event can span ten days or more while sprints can be completed in a matter of hours." Wikipedia also explains the history of it, but you may recognize some of the more popular events such as Mark Burnett's Eco-Challenge, and PrimalQuest. Most adventure races are team events, and team attitude and coordination can be the make or break "talent" rather than say, great biking, or fast paddling! There are many many women already doing this, and some events require co-ed teams.
Have any of you tried adventure racing? I'm thinking about trying it out next year at a small local event. I think it sounds really fun and....adventurous!
I have an update on our event planning for Women in the Outdoors! (Previous posts here and here.) We finalized our volunteer instructors and pinned down which courses we are going to offer. Attendees will rank their choices (1-8) on the sign up sheet, and will get 4 of their 8 choices. That is subject to class size, instructor availability, etc. There may be some cancellations which would affect that. But hopefully not!! Here's our class list:
Improv Acting/Humor Coaching
Dutch Oven Cooking
Learning about Raptors
What would be your top 4 selections?? The next step is to create our sign-up brochure and get it out into the community. I'll let you know what are the popular choices in a future post!