The sled ride of a lifetime for a Danville girl

UNDATED — It is the most famous dog sled race in the world and a Danville 4th grader will be right in the middle of it.

10-year-old Savannah Dowd says she was the winner of an online auction to be able to participate in the Iditarod.  “I get to ride in a dog sled at the start of the Iditarod, it is called the ceremonial start.”

Dowd and her family traveled to Alaska for the event and Dowd will get to ride 11 miles in the dog sled.  She says her love of dogs makes this the perfect event for her, but she also gets to ride with someone very special.  “I will be riding with Dallas Seavey,” says Dowd.  “He won the race two years ago.  He is the musher, and that is the person that drives the dog.  There is a little sitting area and that is where I will sit, and Dallas will stand behind me.”

The official Iditarod is a race from Anchorage, Alaska to Nome, Alaska and can take anywhere between nine and 15 days.  As for her future, Dowd says some day she hopes she can compete.  “When I’m older I want to ride in it and be a musher.  There is a junior Iditarod and you have to be 14, so I want to do that in four years.”

Dowd says after riding in the ceremonial start, she will get to be at the starting line of the actual race. (Sara Bartlett)




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