Dee Dee Jonroe has been a musher in the iditarod since 1980, never winning (yet), but often being in the top ten, she is always considered a contender. A cancer survivor (especially poignant after Susan Butcher lost her life to cancer after becoming a Champion Iditarod musher) Go Dee Dee!
First time Iditarod musher Newton Marshal is 26 years old and is from Jamaica.
His biggest fan and sponsor is Jimmy Buffet the singer songwriter! How cool is that?
Sonny Lindner is a carpentry contracter from Two Rivers Alaska. This 60 year old grandfather won the first Yukon Quest. He says of the Iditarod. I enjoy the Iditarod Trail with dogs. I enjoy the Iditarod. It is a good trip for the dogs and musher – good scenery, says Sonny.
Four time Iditarod Champion, Martin Buser holds the record for fastest finish time in Iditarod history; his team completed the 2002 race in 8 days, 22 hours, 46 minutes, and 2 seconds. Known for his sense of humor, the big Swiss now US citizen owns the Happy Trail Kennels in Big Lake Alaska. My favorite portrait of the day.
Hans Gatt is a very accomplished medium distance musher and sled maker from Yukon Territory Canada. Originally from Austria, and at age 51 Hans just unseated Lance Mackey for the all time record in the Yukon Quest. His team is looking confident and ready to go!
Three time Iditarod Champion Lance Mackey gives a wave after passing another team on his way to Nome.
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