Moriah: So, Mitch Seavey, how old are you?

Mitch Seavey: I am 51 years old.

Moriah: What place are you in?

Mitch Seavey: I am in the 6th place.
Mitch Seavey
Mitch Seavey

Mitch Seavey

Moriah: How many children do you have?

Mitch Seavey: I have four children. They are all boys.

Moriah: Do your boys mush also?

Mitch Seavey: Of course! They take after their dad. They mush in the Jr. Iditarod.

Moriah: How old are they?

Mitch Seavey: Danny is 28, Tyrell is 26, and Dallas is 24. There is another one who is the youngest at 14.

Moriah: How many Iditarods have you run so far?

Mitch Seavey: I have run about 11 Iditarods

Moriah: What is your wife's name?

Mitch Seavey: Her name is Janine.

Moriah: When did you begin mushing?

Mitch Seavey: I began mushing in 1963.

Moriah: When have you won the Iditarod?

Mitch Seavey: I won in 2004.

Moriah: Ok, thankyou for your time. I appreciate it.

Mitch Seavey: You're welcome ma'am.

Dee Dee Jonrowe
DeeDee Jonrowe was born in Frankfurt Germany in 1953 while her father was stationed in Greece. Growing up in a military family, she began elementary school in Ethiopia, attended junior high school in Okinawa, Japan, and graduated from high school in Virginia. The military brought the Stout family to Alaska in 1971. DeeDee enrolled in the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, where she earned a B.S. degree in Biological Sciences & Renewable Resources. She worked as a biologist for the State of Alaska for 10 years. Her thirst for adventure encouraged her to strike out, commercial fishing her own herring gill net boat in Norton Sound, fishing for red salmon in Bristol Bay, and eventually driving a 28 foot jet boat in Southcentral as a sport fishing guide. Her present occupation is kennel owner and dog racer.

She began mushing in 1979 and became interested in the Iditarod after her mother, Peg, shared her interest in the race while DeeDee lived in Bethel, Alaska.

DeeDee has won numerous awards for the care of her dogs throughout her career, including the best-cared for team, the best dog care award (given by staff veterinarians), the dog's best friend award, and the Iditarod’s Alaska Airlines Leonhard Seppala Humanitarian Award for excellence in dog care. Because her dogs are a top priority, she became a founding member of Mush with PRIDE, which provides responsible information of a dog's environment, exhibiting her commitment to set the standards for all aspects of sled dog care.
DeeDee Jonrowe is the foremost female dog musher competing in the world today. She has both the fastest time of any woman in the history of the Iditarod and 14 top ten finishes in her career. Her second place finish in 1998 was the fifth fastest Iditarod time ever recorded at that point. In addition to the Iditarod, DeeDee has competed and won most major dog sledding races throughout her career, including the Copper Basin 300, Klondike 300 and the John Beargrease sled dog marathon.

Her highly publicized battle with breast cancer that she began in 2002 has seen her become a tireless fundraiser. In 2003 she became an honorary chairperson for the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life, assisting the organization in its fundraising efforts as well. DeeDee's humanitarian efforts have been well-documented, having been given the YWCA's "Alaska Woman of Achievement of Award", the most inspirational musher award, and even as the spokesperson for the National Girl Scouts Council and Winter Special Olympics. In recent years DeeDee has been instrumental in raising funds for a service dog in rural Alaska to assist an autistic child, and working to improve alaskans access to cutting edge cancer treatments here in Alaska. She is particularily involved in breast cancer treatments, since unfortunately her family has been on the front lines of this battle. DeeDee says " we are still fighting for my mother's survival".

How Mushers Train
Mushers have training courses designed to help them survive the challenges faced in the Iditarod. There is no way to fully prepare for the last great race on earth. Training courses offer an opportunity to learn, and build endurance.
Iditasport 130: Travelling along portions of the Iditarod trail, bikers, skiers, and hikers are encouraged to test their speed, strength, and endurance. The course begins in Knik, Alaska and finishes at Finger Lake.
Iditasport Extreme: There is nothing quite like getting to know the wilderness when there are no roads available for travel. This training course has you travel up the mountains of the Alaskan Range on a 350 mile trek. Planes and snow machines can offer support if you get into trouble.
Iditasport Impossible: When preparing for the Iditarod, it is important to be able to go the distance. Training on this impossible course includes conquering the entire Iditarod trail. That's almost 1,100 miles of hiking, biking, or skiing, without your sled dogs.

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Elisabeth Hyde 3/9/11
Iditarod Interview 8th grade

Hello! I'm Elisabeth Hyde and today I have Rick Swenson, known as "King of the Iditarod" , with me.

Elisabeth: I heard that you grow up in Willmar, Minnesota. How did you get involved in the Iditarod?

Rick Swenson: When I was younger, I liked the Iditarod. I always wanted to know what it was like to be a musher. I was like a kid who went on an airplane and then wanted to be a pilot. I moved to Alaska to become a musher.

Elisabeth: So now that you are involved in the Iditarod, you have won 1st place! Would you mind sharing one of your expriences that you had when you won?

Rick Swenson: I'm not trying to brag, but I actually won the Iditarod in 1977, 1979, 1981, 1982, and 1991. Also, I am the only person to win in three separate decades.

Elisabeth: When you first started out as a musher, you were not an expert. How was the transition???

Rick Swenson: Well I practiced a lot. Also, when I was younger I knew that I would want to be a musher. I knew that it would take a lot of determination.

Elisabeth: You recently got into a accident, how did that affect the race?

Rick Swenson: When I was first hurt, it greatly affected my place in the race. At the end of the race, I got 20th place. Congratulations, John Baker!

Elisabeth: Thank you for being here today! I hope you get into 1st place next time.