Last fall I contacted former 2nd grade teacher from Ketchikan, Alaska, Angie Taggart to ask if I could follow her training for the 2013 Iditarod and share it on this blog. She immediately agreed. Angie worked hard training with little snow and even some winter rain. Last night, at 11:50 Nome time, Angie finished the race under the Burled Arch.
I started watching for her a little after 11. Looking down the trail on the Bering Sea, way off in the distance, we could see a faint light bobbing up and down. Angie! As she got closer, the light got brighter. Her hard work paid off as she was met by family and friends. In her interview, when asked how she felt, she replied, “Sad.” Sad the race is over and sad that she won’t run it again. Sled dog racing is an expensive sport and Angie feels she needs to get back to teaching.
Angie’s decision to run the Iditarod was the realization of a dream. Good for you Angie, thanks for sharing your training, and welcome to Nome.