I joined the Canadian Forces at the age of 17 to “see the world”. I’m currently stationed to Elmendorf Airforce Base here in Alaska and live in
Peters Creek with my husband Fred and our golden retriever Arden.
I went to my first Iditarod at Willow in 2008 and thought it was amazing. I love dogs and think the whole idea of “The Race” exciting. I will be retiring from the military next month and when I made
that decision I knew I wanted to do something big to remember my time in Alaska. Being an Iditarider was perfect.
I know I was fortunate to ride with Pete. He was gracious enough to pose for pictures each time we asked and answered our many questions. His
family and friends are super too, letting myself, Fred and our friends share their enthusiasm. I hope Pete knows he has fans throughout Canada that are cheering for him.
Just got an eMail from Tillie, Pete’s sister who was at the exciting start this morning. She sent us a few photos to play with as well as this great report:
The idita-rider’s name was Gail, she was from Canada and we don’t know anything else about her, might possibly be on the iditarod website. These photos were taken on 4th and F street downtown before the ceremonial start. Pete is in great spirits and still seems pretty relaxed. He said he feels good and feels like everything is going smoothly so far. He said this part feels easy compared to all the get ready for the race. Tomorrow we will be going to watch the “real start” in Willow, which begins at 2 pm. He has to be at the Willow starting area by 11am tomorrow and probably wont start until about 4 pm since he is bib number 67. Pete and my Dad explained that the 8 mile ceremonial run through Anchorage to the Campell Creek area was quite the experience. They said there were people yelling and screaming from point A to point P, people yelling his name and cheering him on, high fives etc. When they came to Campbell Creek he and my Dad (Who was riding the second sled) had handfuls of cookies, candy, hotdogs etc. from all the fans! They really enjoyed it and Gail the Idita-rider did too. Tonight, he, my dad and the dogs are staying at Doug Dorland’s house which is in Palmer, so they will head out from there in the morning.