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Another “Name” Is Out

DeeDee Jonrowe second to scratch Iditarod 35.

Ms. Jonrowe is a cancer survivor who has been at the front multiple times, including runner-up twice. She took a spill and broke at least one bone in her hand.

The hand injuries are a major problem because it is nearly impossible to change the boots on the dogs with only one good hand.


1 Alice { 03.06.07 at 9:16 pm }

Interesting posts — thanks for the updates.

2 Bryan { 03.06.07 at 9:34 pm }

When I was stationed in Alaska, the Air Force would provide “volunteer” support to the race as there were tiny Air Force stations providing air defense fighter support to the NORAD mission across northern Alaska. The Air Force was also the “telephone company” in Alaska, literally, running communications to the outposts and patching in the little communities along the way. We were the people with the equipment to move across the tundra before the oil companies showed up.

There isn’t much to do in the winter in Alaska, so the Iditarod was a nice break and a sign spring was coming.

The next big event was the ice breaking on the Tanana River, which was a major form of gambling. The person who won the pool for guessing the date and time stood to win tens of thousands of dollars.