No Iditarod blessing blog would be complete without Dallas Seavey (thank you Toni for the use of your pix AGAIN!!!). Dallas has won this race 3 times in the last 3 years. He’s the youngest winner (so far) and is one of the strongest links on his team. He’s been on some survival show as a guest and is NOT someone who gives up. This year, Dallas has the flu. He’s not letting it stop him, but it appears he might be a weak link. He has several days til Nome, so there is time to get well.
One of the things that happens during the Iditarod are scratches, when the musher (by choice or not) is out of the race. There are many reasons for this to happen. Today, Jan Steves had to scratch. Her sled toppled in a ‘safe’ area and the vets at the next stop believed she had broken a rib. She felt she would not be able to take care of her team as the race went on. Jan was one of the many mushers who had lost so much in the fire in Willow, Alaska last summer (2015). Her son had a heart attack 9 days before the fire started. She was taking his ashes on the trail to Nome. Yet, she is not giving up. She is going to go for it again next year.
These are the men and women who make this race so special. Men and women who are a part of their teams and not just ‘on the sled’ like some. May these two heal and continue to show the world their Iditamushylove!