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Two-time runnerup Dee Dee Jonrowe scratched in Rainy Pass
at 6:00 pm AKST on March 5, 2007 due to breaking her little
DeeDee Jonrowe second to scratch Iditarod 35
CRAIG MEDRED - Anchorage Daily News - Published: March
Last Modified: March 5, 2007 at 09:52 PM PUNTILLA
LAKE - DeeDee Jonrowe of Willow scratched from the Iditarod
Trail Sled Dog Race here Monday night after falling victim
to the same patch of ice that took out four-time champ
Doug Swingley earlier in the day.
Race judge Art Church said
Jonrowe appeared to have broken the pinkie bone in her left
hand when her sled crashed about five miles from the checkpoint.
There might have been additional damage
to her hand as well, he said. She told him it was a hand
she had broken before, and that she decided it would be
a good idea to abandon this year’s race.
The checker who watched Jonrowe sign her
name on the scratch list said the musher speculated that
the break might have been due to bones weakened by the chemotherapy
treatments she receives for breast cancer.
Church said that Jacques Philip, a Frenchman
who lives in Nenana, also said he plans to scratch Tuesday
"He just wasn’t having any fun
out there," Church said.
The trail ahead didn’t look very inviting
either. Mushers who hadn’t made it through Rainy Pass
were probably wishing they had.
Church told Rainy Pass checkers to tell
mushers heading north that the trail markers to Rohn are
gone - blown away by wind.
"It’s blowing like a bastard
up there," he said.
Church estimated the wind at 40 mph. The
temperature was near minus- 10. Together, they would drive
the windchill to 43 degrees below zero.
Jonrowe had struggled from the start. The
53-year-old musher from Willow looked ashen as she fed her
dogs and sipped on some hot chocolate earlier in the day
at Finger Lake.
A two-time runnerup who was fourth last
year, she was racing her 25th Iditarod. She fell off her
sled three or four times on the way into the Finger checkpoint,
and at one point was dragged for some distance.
"The snow was slipping and the runners
were sliding," said Jonrowe. "I am bone-tired."
She wondered whether 25-mph winds and the
30-below wind chill were sucking the strength from her body,
or if it was the long-term affects of chemotherapy that
was making her feel so lousy. She was diagnosed with breast
cancer in 2002 and underwent a double mastectomy, but never
"It is harder after chemo," Jonrowe
said. "I am not going to be silly and try to pretend
that didn’t make a difference. It did.
"I’m not complaining," she
said. "I’ve been out here enough years to know
there are a lot of things that can happen on the Iditarod
And some of them are bad things.
Daily News reporter Kevin
Klott and The Associated Press contributed to this report.
PHOTOS FROM NIKOLAI CHECKPOINT
( CLICK TO ENLARGE PHOTOS
OF TONY WRIGHT
IDITAROD RE- START 2006
DEEDEE'S PLAN FOR
THE 2006 IDITAROD
2006 START WITH BIB # 31
"I just want to have a nice clean run"
says DeeDee as she harnesses the team for the cerimonial
start in Anchorage. This is her 24th running of the Iditarod.
She wants to do well by her dogs. She says she has a well
matched team of dogs this year, some
are experienced dogs that have seen the trail before,
some are young and excited dogs, bursting with energy
to keep the team "up". The plan is to get to
Nome with a happy bunch of dogs, hopefully in the top
10, ideally in first.
DeeDee will go out bib number 31 this year. DeeDee thanked
her sponsors and was glad to go out right behind Jeff king,
she said "for some reason that has brought her pretty
good luck in the past"
Over 2,000 fans gathered to meet & greet this years
Iditarod mushers at the pre-race banquet. Hobo Jim sang
to the crowd, old friends hugged, it's like family. Generations
of mushers growing and passing the torch each year, year
HERE FOR AUDIO
Pre Race Vet checks
DeeDee spent the day getting
her team checked out by race veterinarians to be sure the
dogs are all ready for this years Iditarod. Over the next
four weeks, more than 1,400 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race
canine athletes will undergo physical examinations in order
to qualify for the opportunity to be a part of IDITAROD
XXXIV. Each athlete receives an ECG evaluation as well as
pre-race blood work (CBC’s / Chemistry Panels).
During the Race itself,
well over 10,000 planned checkpoint examinations will
be conducted in order to ensure the highest standards
of healthcare exist all along the race trail.
PRE - RACE INTERVIEW WITH DEEDEE
OUR 2006 IDITAROD
TEAM PICK IS IN - Click
shares a kiss with one of her Iditarod dogs
FEB 8th 2006 - I decided I needed to see all my dogs
that are candidates for this years Iditarod together to
help figure who is on the team, so today I ran 25 dogs.
They were nuts. I now have my top 24 dogs that will the
going to their ecgs on the 21st. Tomorrow we will start
putting all the Iditarod food drops together and packing
them in bags for the checkpoints. More soon...DeeDee
takes first place in both Don Bowers races - Willow,
Alaska Saturday 28 Jan 2006 - DeeDee Jonrowe and Maria Mulvangh
bit back at the cold temperatures this weekend when they
both finished the the Don Bowers race in first place. DeeDee
running the 200 mile race with a finish time of 27 hours
55 minutes and rookie musher Maria Mulvangh, who just happens
to be DeeDee's handler, won the Don Bowers 300 mile race
crossing the finish line at 2:32 monday morning, with the
temperature at the Willow Community Center was hoovering
around -21°F, a lot warmer than on the running teams
on the river. Maria's total time is 62hrs 12mins, putting
a nice qualifier under her belt for the Iditarod or Quest.
Maria received the Humanitarian Award at the banquet
(a award given from the veterinarians) sponsored by Roy
and Lesley Monk.
DON BOWERS MEMORIAL RACE -
Willow/Montana Creek, Alaska Jan 20th 2006
The 2006 Don Bowers race start was somewhat chilly,
with temperatures around -25°F. Seventeen teams did
leave however. This race is dedicated to Don Bowers, who
was a member of Montana Creek Dog Mushers. As a distance
musher he didn't race but attended meetings to help out
in any way he could, and acted as Race Marshal on several
occasions. In January, 2000 Don Bowers—author, airman,
dog driver—started a combined 200/300 mile dog race
in Willow. Following his death that year, a group of volunteers
continued that race, now renamed in his memory. The race
is a qualifier for both the Iditarod and the Yukon Quest.
Montana Creek Dog Mushers sponsored the Don Bowers Memorial
Race in 2002, 2003 (which was canceled for lack of snow),
2004, 2005 and again in 2006. Bib no 1 is reserved for
Don Bowers. Starting order was not quite bib order for
the 300 and offsets will be adjusted accordingly. Kent
Haltenbacker signed up for the 200 but turned his ankle
this morning and withdrew. Similarly Mike Suprenant signed
up and then couldn't get his truck to start and withdrew.
This accounts for the missing bib numbers in the results.
here to follow DeeDee in the 200 mile & Maria in the
300 mile race
UPDATE ON KUSKO 300: Jan
With the extremely cold weather and the delay of the Kusko
race I was obligated to withdraw and return to Anchorage
for a contractal agreement . Tuesday I was the keynote
speaker for the multicultral luncheon for the Physics
Teacher Education Coalition's National Conference. Maria
Mulvaugh (our handler) and I are both entered in the Don
Bower's Memorial Race this weekend starting at the
Willow Community center at noon on friday. Maria is in
the 300 mile race and I am in the 200. The object is for
her to get an Iditarod qualifier and for me to have a
good training run with the younger dogs.
Jan 20th 2006
DeeDee is signed up to run the Kusko 300
pulling bib number 15. The Kusko is a three hundred mile
sled dog race from Bethel, Alaska to Aniak, Alaska and
back has been postponed for the second day in a row due
to extreme cold weather.Click
here for details
COPPER BASIN UPDATE: JAN
Both DeeDee and her handler Maria have decided
to scratch from the race due to young dogs and training
The Copper Basin 300
takes off - Maria Mulvaugh, one of this years handlers
for the Jonrowe racing kennel is planning to make the Copper
Basin 300 a qualifier for the Iditarod. DeeDee will be running
a younger group of dogs just to get some experience on them.
DeeDee was upbeat and looking forward to running a relaxed
race. "I am not trying to compete in this race, I want
this to be a good experience for these young dogs. Just
to give them a taste of running in a mid-distance race"
Mulvaugh at the 2006 Copper Basin 300
The Copper Basin 300 is one
of the premier mid-distance sled dog races in Alaska. .At
least 32 Mushers signed up with a purse of $22,000.
here for the Copper Basin 300 race updates
Follow DeeDee's progress as she trains for the
2005/2006 race season. Click
It's a Dogs Life
- Spring 2005
shows off her new puppies
A few moments at the Jonrowe Kennel and you know it really
is a dogs life. Old retired dogs wander the property with
authority. Puppies, supervised by humans & dogs alike
romp aimlessly through the yard, including stomping on DeeDee's
freshly planted flower beds.
You might see some of the
up & coming sled dogs exercising on the training wheels.
Some team dogs bask in the long Alaskan summer sunshine
atop their dog houses, others head for the glaciers where
they train & give tours for the summer.
Three separate lots make up
the Jonrowe Kennel on 14 acres in Willow, Alaska. Shaded
by gangly birch & Alaskan spruce trees. The first dog
lot you see as you come down the narrow dirt driveway is
located in front of the main house, another dog lot is behind
the main house and the third dog lot sits along side the
handlers apartment just a rocks throw from the main house.
Neatly laid out and not by mistake so each lot can be seen
from the main house.
has it's perks
It's hard for the average person
to imagine having so many dogs, let alone caring and training
them. For DeeDee and her husband Mike, it is a way of life.
They wouldn't have it any other way and it's not exclusive
to the husky breed. Labs & Pekingese have a big say
in what goes on around there.
with her sweetie
It is the Pekingese job to wear out the puppies when they
were let out for their daily romp. Playing tag, chasing
and rounding them up like a border collie with a herd of
sheep efficiently keeping them together. Quite a chore for
a short legged lap dog. DeeDee praised the little Pekingese
for her amazing skills as we walked and talked.
The black & golden labs
job is a bit more distinguished.."no jumping, no spinning,
no flipping...just watch us...see how you are supposed to
behave?" Not that any of the pups cared as they ran
circles around their tall legs...It
is a dogs life, a good life, at Jonrowe Kennels.
Show Your Support for DeeDee Get a Wristband!
The Taco Bell's in Alaska are selling these wrist bands
sporting the Taco Bell logo and DeeDee's name as a fundraising
effort for Deedee's 2005 Iditarod. The money will go towards
dog booties. They will be selling for $1 with a combo meal
or $2 by itself.
DeeDee's supporters may also order the DeeDee Jonrowe Wristband
and other support merchandise directly - Click
Here for details
IDITAROD POSTER -
- Iditarod Poster
BLM (Alaska) released a commemorative poster of the Iditarod
National Historic Trail at the Iditarod sled dog race ceremonial
start in Anchorage. Posters will be available while supplies
last at the Alaska Public Lands Information Center at 605
W Fourth in downtown Anchorage. The28x34-inch poster features
musher Dee Dee Jonrowe and her team on the trail near Rainy
Pass and is the last in a series commemorating the 25th
anniversary of the historic trail.
offices in Anchorage, Fairbanks, Glennallen and Nome will
have a limited number of copies available starting March
KTUU News Archived Video Clips
Nugget Inn web cam Click
End of the trail banquet in Nome March 20th 2005
INTO NOME!!!!! ARRIVING IN
3:42 pm March 16th - 10 days 1 hour 42 minutes & 55
seconds for the 2005 Iditarod
REID + ASSOCIATES
Jon & Jona
Our Wonderful Handlers
Courtney & Emily Ballain
Dr. James Martin and
Dr. David Martin
Pat & Clyde Rysdon
off the Parks Hwy
Alaskan co-operative that has brought
exquisite Qiviut items to you as a
unique northern gift since 1969. Qiviut
the downy-soft underwool from the
Arctic musk ox, is shed naturally
each year during the spring months.
Eight times warmer than wool and extraordinarily
lightweight, Qiviut is one of the
finest natural fibers known to man.
Visit their web site
Special thanks to my Mom and Dad
(Peg and Ken Stout)
David & SallyJo Martin
B Original Signs
Sue Greenly & Pat Hahn
Nome host family
Midnight Furs has a large showroom
of tanned furs & leathers. We
can help you with custom made fur
coats, parkas, mukluks, hats, mittens,
slippers, etc. We also do cleaning,
repair and restyling of furs. All
prices wholesale to the public.
Keith or Julie or stop by the showroom
and look around.