In the Iditarod there are many more men than women. Women have won, but not in a long time. This year there were I think, 25 lady mushers signed up for the race to Nome. They are following in the pawsteps of two very special women. Libby Riddles was the first woman to win the Iditarod in 1985. Susan Butcher was the next woman to help her team to this honor. She won the Iditarod 4 times. She died of cancer in 2006, in 2008 the first Saturday in March is known in Alaska as Susan Butcher Day. It is also the first day of the Iditarod.
Many of us are rooting for Aliy Zirkle. She has come so close so many times and has often been in the top 5. (I have a 2014 t-shirt and can only wear it now. Although, I still feel ill when I think of that race!) At the moment, Aliy is in the top 3. However, the race has only covered about 170 of the almost 1,ooo miles. So, there is a lot of terrain, time, and other mushers to contend with out there. She and her husband are running teams that look really good right now. SP Kennel is having fun in both red and black! Aliy’s got a team of 16, one human woman and 15 dogs. Her husband, Allen, on the black team, helped others thru the very wet Happy River. Everyone is enjoying where they are! Go RED TEAM!!!!