Project Iditarod The Last Great Race on Earth
We all have dreams. And Tom's dream for many years was to
participate in Alaska's Iditarod Dog Sled Race. This
Race between Anchorage and Nome is over 1,160 miles — a serious
challenge for any competitor, but especially for someone who lives in a non-arctic region.
It is no surprise that each
year fewer than 100 people qualify to run in the Iditarod. This is a
really tough race.
Tom fulfilled his dream when he entered the 2007 Iditarod — becoming only the third person from Ohio ever to compete in this prestegious event. But after a great start — bad luck, poor weather and a broken sled forced him to withdraw from the race.
The next year Tom, more determined than ever, decided to go back to Alaska and take on the 2008 Iditarod. This took a great amount of determination and sacrifice on the part of Tom and his wife Brenda and a 16-dog team of Alaskan huskies. But it's a price everyone was willing to pay in pursuit of a dream.
However, through a series of unfortunate events, Tom was unable to finish the race. Tom and Brenda kept a daily Journal during the time they were preparing for and competing in the 2008 Iditarod. It describes in detail all the emotions and behind-the-scenes work that comes with being a competitor in the most famous Dog Sled Race in the world.