Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Iditarod 2009

Thinking there are some tired dogs out in Alaska. Today, the first sled dog team has crossed the finish line for the 2009 Iditarod. Lance Mackey has won for the third straight year and has turned into a mushing legend. The Iditarod covers 1,161 miles through the wonderful weather elements of Alaska. The Iditarod is amazing to me as my dog struggles to pee outside when it is below 30 degrees.

If we honor the first musher to cross the finish line, we must also honor the last. A red lantern is awarded to the last musher to finish. The longest time for a Red Lantern was 32 days, 15 hours, nine minutes and one second by John Schultz in 1973. Not sure what takes more guts - to finish first or to simply finish?


  1. I think finishing at all deserves a medal! Love the blog, Katie. And thanks for the comments on ours!

  2. Thanks for including the info about the Iditarod. The pictures are great. And I love Alfie's face. Too bad I don't have a farm so I could have lots of animals.