Monday, June 8, 2009
When we got back on the ship from Ketchican there was a lecture going on. It was Libby Riddles. She ran it in 18 days, 20 minutes and 17 secs. She was the first woman to win the Iditarod. The race is from Anchorage to Nome. Over 1150 miles in 10-17 days. Libby entered her first race kind of on a whim. She took 7th. The next year 7th again. She decided if she was going to get better than 7th she better train and get better dogs. She partnered with a guy and got some better dogs. They trained together I think for 2 years. She entered again. Through all of the hardship, extreme weather that year she came out on top. What a great story and role model for perseverance.