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Saturday, March 08, 2008

Day 8

It's Day 8 of the Iditarod. Run between Nome, on the western Bering Sea coast, and Anchorage, in south central Alaska, the 1150-mile course has been called the "Last Great Race on Earth."

I would have liked to try this. Instead, I watch the video clips and read the news reports. There are also updates from the trail, posted by family members, which are especially interesting.

A real point of interest in this year's race is that DeeDee Jonrowe is the winner of the GCI Dorothy Page Halfway award. The prize comes with $3,000 in gold nuggets. I don't think it's surprising that a woman won the award. What I find interesting is that she had no idea she was in the lead, no clue that she was going to win the award.

Her response when she learned she'd won? She was, understandably, happy and said she hadn't yet bought her husband a birthday gift. She thought gold nuggets might do.

Gold nuggets for a birthday? Nothing to sneeze about, that.

If you've got any interest at all in the race the site to check out is The Official Site of the Iditarod. There are some amazing pictures, first-hand accounts of previous races and all the facts and figures anyone could ask for.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

What a super site! There's lots of info and stuff for teachers too. I spent way too long looking around! :^)

Beth

Melissa said...

Thanks for the link! My kids so want a Siberian Husky, but alas they do not get on well with cats. We have three of those!

There's a place in central Oregon that gives dog sled rides. I'm hoping to take my daughter down there for one. She's totally husky crazy right now!