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Debbie Moderow

Hometown: Anchorage, Alaska


Debbie Moderow, 53, was born and raised in Connecticut. She received her BA from Princeton in 1977. Before coming to Alaska in 1979 for a mountain climbing expedition, she was living in Wyoming. While she was in Alaska for that trip, she met her future husband, Mark Moderow. For the Moderows, dog mushing has always been a family affair. In 1989 they adopted their first sled dog, and ever since their lives have centered around the dogs in their back yard. Children Andy and Hannah grew up on the runners of a sled, each participating in four Jr. Iditarods. In 2001, eighteen year old Andy ran the Iditarod, and under the burled arch he delivered a legacy, "Mom, you have to do this." When both the kids left for college, Debbie responded to the empty nest by entering the 2003 and 2005 Iditarods. Her husband, Mark, ran to Nome in 2004. Between 2005 and 2009 the Moderows have enjoyed raising and training several litters of puppies. In 2007, many of these yearlings completed the Serum Run with Debbie, Mark and Hannah. It is with particular delight that Debbie will be running to Nome with this new generation of pups. She feels fortunate to have the opportunity to raise, train and run her sled dogs across Alaska and is grateful to the countless volunteers that make this journey possible. Her goal is to enjoy a safe and strong run, and to reach the burled arch with healthy dogs, their tails wagging.


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