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Susan Butcher Day... Iditarod Alaska

Alaska..... Iditarod! Official Re-Start is Today!

 Today is the official Re-Start of the Iditarod!

Looks like 85 mushers and their dog teams will take out of Willow at 2 PM today for the Last Great Race!

People from all over the world are here to watch the race!

So while we wait for the end of the race and the winners and their dogs to claim their victory...

it is a good time to reflect on the winners of the past.... And one must always think of Susan Butcher...

 the gal who showed us all what determination and strong will could do...

March of 1985 Libby Riddles was the first woman to win the Iditarod...

Then in 1986 Susan Butcher won her first Iditarod she went on to win in 1987, 1988 and 1990!

Back in that day the saying was Alaska where men are men and Women Win the Iditarod! These two women really riled the men folk... rumbling was louder from the men then some active volcanoes.  

Susan Ran the race 18 times...In 2005 she was diagnosed with leukemia and she died August 2006

The State of Alaska established the first Saturday of every March as Susan Butcher Day. This Year is March 6th Today!

In Alaska Susan Butcher is known as a true Pioneer... and hero.... Her husband and children David, Tekla and Chisana Monson continue tradition at their Trail Breaker Kennel You can visit them at http://trailbreakerkennel.com/

Here is a clip of Susan

 

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Comment balloon 17 commentsDebra Leisek • March 06 2016 02:00PM

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I have always loved Alaska and the dog races.  Many years ago, we watched a special about Susan Butcher, but believe it or not, I don't believe I ever heard that she died.  I am just heartbroken! And surprised at how long ago it has been. 

Posted by Susan Haughton, Susan & Mindy Team...Honesty. Integrity. Results. (Long and Foster REALTORS (703) 470-4545) over 1 year ago

Hi Debra, 
Amazing woman for sure.  I've always enjoyed watching the Ididarod telecasts. Why was the race delayed?  I missed the news.  

Posted by Carol Williams, "Customized Mentoring & Marketing Services" (U.S.: I specialize in helping agents who have been in the business 2 years or less create a thriving business.) over 1 year ago

What a great story and fascinating sport ! 

Posted by Michele Connors, Your Eastern North Carolina Realtor (The Overton Group, LLC Pitt & Carteret County) over 1 year ago

All those people running the race are great athletes...dogs included

Posted by William Feela, Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No. (WHISPERING PINES REALTY) over 1 year ago

Hello Susan Haughton  yes she was very special in many ways and her legacy lives on... thank you very much!

Carol Williams  the race has the ceremonial start in Anchorage and then starts for real the next day.... it is the normal process but what isnt normal is this year with the lack of snow they were worried about anchorage and had to bring snow from fairbanks by train!

Posted by Debra Leisek ( Bay Realty,Inc Homer Alaska) over 1 year ago

Hello Michele Connors it is a really unusual and wonderful sport! thank you

 

You are right William Feela  they are a really strong team of human and dog athletes!

Posted by Debra Leisek ( Bay Realty,Inc Homer Alaska) over 1 year ago

Debra I saw this on the news the other day.  Susan was a brave woman and it's good to hear there is a day honoring her memory.

Posted by Anna Banana Kruchten CRS,CRB, Arizona's Top Banana of Real Estate! (Phoenix Property Shoppe) over 1 year ago

I have always been fascinated by this race.  I'm in south Alabama, so our dogs are pets or hunting dogs.  I've never seen a dog pull a sled - or anything else, for that matter - in person, but I love watching it on television.  Susan must have been a very special person.  

Posted by Dana Tapia & Lisa Pigott, Gulf Coast Real Estate Professionals (Re/Max of Orange Beach) over 1 year ago

Thank you Anna Banana Kruchten  She was a very special woman in many ways!

 

Hello Dana Tapia & Lisa Pigott You need to come to Alaska and see the great race! Something to see for sure  thank you!

Posted by Debra Leisek ( Bay Realty,Inc Homer Alaska) over 1 year ago

Hello Debra ... love the video and I was downtown Anchorage when this event had just ended on Friday.

I was quite busy when I was down on 4th street for the Iditarod event  

Some very interesting information on Susan Butcher and your post has been featured to the group:

EXPRESS WITH VIDEOS AT ACTIVERAIN

Posted by Robert Vegas Bob Swetz, Las Vegas Henderson Homes for Sale (Realty ONE Group) over 1 year ago

Thank you very much Robert 'VEGAS BOB' Swetz  aka AK Bob!

Posted by Debra Leisek ( Bay Realty,Inc Homer Alaska) over 1 year ago

Your very welcome Debra and Lin and I will try to visit you in Homer before I go back to work construction in California.

We can do lunch and I will let you know one week before so you can fit us into your busy schedule 

Posted by Robert Vegas Bob Swetz, Las Vegas Henderson Homes for Sale (Realty ONE Group) over 1 year ago

I thought you had already left Alaska and were back in Vegas! Do let me know when you are back to Homer!

Posted by Debra Leisek ( Bay Realty,Inc Homer Alaska) over 1 year ago

Hi Debra, nice to see you. I loved living in Anchorage during the  Iditarod, so much excitement. And we loved Susan and Libby too. 

Posted by Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD, REALTORS® in Clark County, WA (ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors) over 1 year ago

Nice to see you too Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD It is always a fun time with Fur Rondy and the the Iditarod start! Thank you!

Posted by Debra Leisek ( Bay Realty,Inc Homer Alaska) over 1 year ago

Debra

I remember reading about Susan Butcher and Libby Riddles - amazing stories! And the Iditarod is a pretty amazing event to participate it; I can't imagine

Jeff

Posted by Jeff Dowler, The Southern California Relocation Dude - Carlsbad (Solutions Real Estate ) over 1 year ago

Thank you Jeff Dowler CRS  it is an amazing race...

Posted by Debra Leisek ( Bay Realty,Inc Homer Alaska) over 1 year ago

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