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.
Mary Lynn RoushMy respect for her grows and grows. Hope her hand has healed, and eager to see what's next. Go Aliy!1 · 2 hours ago
Susan Martineau LavigneFascinating interview, and to hear her thoughts about what she went through. I love her realizing that humans can do so much more than they think they can when things really get tough. She is one tough, logical-thinking woman whom I would love to see come in first next year!1 hour ago
Deborah BlakeMy plans are to be on 4th Avenue no later than 7:30 a.m. on Saturday and in Willow by 11 a.m. Sunday! And that's after I pray repeatedly for plenty of snow and cold temperatures! PLEASE let it snow, let it snow, let it snow! Oh, yeah, and go to the banquet Thursday night! THAT'S THE PLAN!2 · 13 hours ago
Christy Jo Carter WasmerMy plans are to not be a newbie and know what and where to go next year! I missed all the fun this year.13 hours ago
Kathy MorelockGoing to the banquet and will be in Anchorage and Willow, coming from Florida again. Oh it is such a long way off. So sad.12 hours ago
Yolanda Figueroa BackusI'm taking leave next year to plan to trek to Nome for the finish... But not before I see the start in Willow! This year was my first Iditarod and I LOVE IT!12 hours ago
Linda HollyThanks for the info. You made me very happy. Dvr all set up2 days ago
Kim Bott-FriendLove the start of series...Can't wait for tomorrow
Check with cable provider...mine gave me channel for few extra bucks.2 days ago
Teresa DanforthFor those that saw mt post about watching it on tv--didn't happen. Could only see the intro. I'm really bummed. Really wanted to see it. I bought a subscription and followed the race very closely. I was rooting for jeff king. Visited his kennel in Denali in august and held several of his puppies.1 · 2 days ago
Theresa Tait RobertsonWatching in Texas...Comcast. ..How do I show this to my students? It is great!1 · 2 days ago
Bill McLainOne more year before I retire, then I'm planning on volunteering until I can make it to Nome!! Still in withdrawal. Got to attend the start in Anchorage and Re-start this year--I'm hooked!!!5 · 2 days ago
Donna CookI've only been following the sport a couple of years and "I AM HOOKED"! Want to say thank you to the all who make The Iditarod happen. There is so much more to it than meets the eye.6 · 2 days ago
Paula Nations MedlinYep, y'all are right, still going back after 10th trip!! You people wanting to go, please find a way to book that flight...once I did that, I was like...I'm going to AK, Oh my gosh, I'm attending the Iditarod summer camp... I was thrilled. That was all I needed to open up a whole new world to me and my students!!!!1 · 2 days ago
John VibbertsCongratulations to the Fb administrator for having great taste in pictures that are not only beautiful, but also tell a story. I have like them all but the newest one of the lantern is very timely. Thanks.1 day ago
Mikhail KerenskyPaula, several friends and I are already making plans. I'm like everyone else here who can say I'm hooked! Have been since I was a child. And John, I agree with you that the pictures are extraordinary. I've shared several so people down here in Ohio and the Lower 48 can see how amazing the Iditarod is.20 hours ago
Tamara Aliciathank goodness everyone made it home on one of the worse weather trails in recent history.5 · 2 days ago
John MurdenAwe and congratulations on all those who finished; admiration for those who competed but could not complete their runs. I'm looking forward to the race DVD to see the details I missed along the way. No way I could ever participate except in spirit! Dogs, mushers, their support teams were all inspirations to all of us race watchers around the world!8 · 2 days ago
Sharon ClarkEveryone is a winner to be racing in those terrible conditions. Congratulations everyone.5 · 2 days ago
Tina ChaseEvery team is a winner. What a great accomplishment.5 · 2 days ago
Monica SearsSad that it is over, my daughter & I had so much fun keeping up with everyone on the trail......can't wait till next year!!2 · 2 days ago
Joan ParkerJust to finish The Last Great Race is a WIN....3 · 2 days ago
Cindy HassebroekAwesome race from mushers and dogs whether they finished or not. Thankful they are safe.2 · 2 days ago
Kim UnderwoodThat all made it in safe,dogs & mushers!1 · 2 days ago
Stanley WeberThat this was a wild ride for everyone involved and that I was glad to see the last musher to cross the line before anyone else got hurt.2 days ago