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Iditarod: The Great Race to Nome
The famed 1000-mile dogsled race from Anchorage in Southeast Alaska to Nome on the Bering Sea is a test of endurance, both human and canine. The great history of the race has unfolded in the accounts of mushers and dog teams, fierce weather, accidents and good luck–with personalities like Joe Redington Sr., Rick Swenson, and Libby Riddles being joined by Lance Mackey, DeeDee Jonrowe, and Mitch & Dallas Seavey in recent years. The book is thoroughly illustrated with Jeff Schultz’s photography, including coverage of the most recent runnings of the Iditarod.
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The Iditarod’s Roots and Trail’s Heyday
From the 18th century to the early 20th century, dog teams were used for transportation, exploration, trapping, hunting, hauling supplies, mining and mail delivery. During the mid-1920s, thousands of people traveled the Iditarod’s network of trails in winter.
The Race Goes On
Epic wins, heroic tales, and dismal failures both on and off the trail have filled the last decade alone, proof the mushing is still Alaska’s state sport and the Iditarod is still the premier sled dog race in North America.
Women of the Iditarod
In 1985, Libby Riddles was the first woman to win the Iditarod. She brought world fame to the race by not only winning, but by taking a gamble with a daring run through a blizzard. Susan Butcher, shown here with a new litter of puppies, won the race four times. Before her death in 2006, she was regarded as ‘that woman who wins all the sled dog races in Alaska.’
What Libby Riddles and Susan Butcher did for the sport is both immeasurable and unforgettable. Both women served as important representation for aspiring female mushers. They also proved something about mushing: it may be one of the few sports where boundaries aren’t defined along gender lines. Competing alongside men, Riddles and Butcher paved the way for women who continue to challenge for the Iditarod championship.
Publisher:Sasquatch Books; Illustrated edition (January 15, 2019)
Item Weight:1.27 pounds
Dimensions:8.51 x 0.41 x 9.77 inches
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