The famous Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race is on! The annual Alaskan long-distance sled dog race is run in early March over more than 1,000 miles over 9-15 days. This year, 17 women mushers are competing for the top prize.
Unlike the precious snowflakes/ social justice warriors who’ve been making headlines with their grievances over – we’re not quite sure – the women of the Iditarod are amazingly tough women ranging in age from 20 to 63-years-old. (Yes, you read that correctly – 63!)
Facing blizzard conditions, sub-zero temperatures and gale-force winds which can cause the wind chill to reach −100 °F, the competitors and their teams of 16 dogs traverse a harsh landscape of tundra and spruce forests, over hills and mountain passes, and across rivers.
The lady mushers come from a wide variety of backgrounds – fashion models, veterinary assistants, psychiatrists, graphic designers, physical therapists – you name it. Their resilience is mind-boggling, as many have suffered from severe illness and injuries, some of which have resulted from their sled-dog racing. These range from breast cancer to a shattered pelvis from a moose attack to the rare auto-immune disease Wegner’s Granulomatosis.
You can read about the incredible race – happening right now – and the mind-blowing toughness of the 17 women mushers of the 2017 Iditarod at LadyHobo.com.
Next time a snowflake is triggered by a micro-aggression, tell them a little bit about how these real women handle life’s lemons. They are truly an inspiration to us all.