Hi, friends. It’s time for me to see the Iditarod Sled Dog Race in Alaska in person. If you’ve read my blog, you know this has always been a dream of mine. I’m going to volunteer to work the race next March! In case you’ve forgotten how much I love this sport; here are some past blog posts and quotes-
One year, I’m going to go see the Iditarod live. Either the start in Anchorage, Alaska or the finish in Nome, Alaska.
My other dream tourist location would be to follow the Iditarod from start to finish.
I plan to volunteer for many different positions. I want to get a broad view of the “behind the scenes” coordination. Merchandise sales are necessary for raising funds to keep the race going every year. Race Day in Anchorage and the Re-Start in Willow have positions for setting up the race chute, musher parking, crowd control, trail guards and more. I also hope to help in the Dropped Dog lot after the race starts and help on Race Stats for computer entry of happenings daily with the race.
I intend on writing multiple articles for print, the web, my blog and social media about my adventures. The work behind the scenes is always fascinating. To have the opportunity to speak to local volunteers and those from all over the world (why do they do it?) and to be a part of the culture of the Iditarod and the people in and around it, will be exciting. Who knows, maybe I’ll get to meet Aliy Zirkle and Allen Moore of SP Kennels, the team I route for!
As you may know, getting to/around Alaska is not a cheap adventure, so I need some help. I’ve put together a list of things I will need for the trip and associated costs (I live in Texas- I’ll need a Parka). The total of $6000 will sponsor me for two full weeks in Anchorage Alaska while helping with the running of The Last Great Race. I am also contacting companies to request donations of any cold weather products that I can test for them and follow up with a review. Donations will help reduce the amount needed tremendously.
Here’s the deal-I need to have this funded soon. The longer I delay, the price of airfare goes up, hotel rooms get scarce, and volunteer slots start to disappear. I’ve set December 20th as my deadline. You won’t need to get me any other Christmas present this year.
I’ve set up a fundraising page with GoFundMe to handle all the financial aspects. Link will take you right to the page.
Thank you in advance for helping me reach my dream. I’ll have an Iditarod gift for anyone who donates $200 or more to my campaign.