Iditarod's Sweetheart

She’s an Ironwoman and a cancer survivor.  She's Alaska's sweetheart and a fan favorite of the Iditarod.  Of course by she I mean DeeDee Jonrowe, the one and only.  And in 2015, she’s competing her 33rd time in the Last Great Race on Earth. 

Known as the pink-clad musher who's succeeded in one of the world's toughest male-dominated sports, she’s an inspiration to folks across the globe, including me.  It's always a treat to see DeeDee and watch her brightly-attired self interact with her pink-bootied pups.

I hope you enjoy the photos below of DeeDee and her team at the Iditarod Ceremonial Start in Anchorage on March 7, 2015.  At the time of this blog post, the Iditarod is still on-going, and DeeDee has already suffered six frostbitten fingers after braving 40-below temperatures in Huslia, the halfway point in the race. 

Check out the video below from Kyle Hopkins with KTUU.  It definitely gives a glimpse into the sheer exhaustion that comes with mushing life.  We're rooting for you, DeeDee!