CNN has a nice video story about Angie Taggart, a 36 year old schoolteacher who ran the Iditarod for the first time this year. The series is video that Taggart shot on her dogsled while running the race.
For years I’ve been dreaming about someday volunteering to do radio communications at an Iditarod checkpoint. The checkpoints are, as one can imagine, in the middle of nowhere and lack any communications. Unfortunately I learned from one of my friends who regularly volunteered that the Iditarod organization has discontinued the use of amateur radio in favor of satellite phones. The junior Iditarod still uses amateur radio, so perhaps someday I’ll have an opportunity to volunteer for that.