By Alan Griffin, WBZ NewsRadio
BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — Sarah Stokey's personal journey to competing in the world's most famous sled dog race is much like the race itself -- incredibly difficult with unexpected twists and turns.
She grew up in Falmouth on cape cod, and attended northeastern university. About as far away from running a team of hyper-motivated sled dogs in severe conditions as you can get.
But ever since she was in 4th grade, and an aunt took her to Maine to go dog mushing, Sarah knew: someday... She was going to Alaska.
This is Sarah's second Iditarod. Her goal isn't really to win. It's to get better at racing over time. And most importantly, to compete with and spend time with her beloved Siberian Huskies who she says have literally changed her life:
She says her New England roots and values helped her get through the incredibly grueling race:
Currently Sarah is in Nome recovering from the race where she finished 34th out of 43 racers. An improvement from her first time racing last year.
Then a few days rest & relaxation in Hawaii, then back home to Alaska to start preparing for next year's race.
Listen Below To Hear Sarah Stokey's Experience in the 2019 Iditarod Dog Sled Race