Jonrowe Is First To Halfway Point

DeeDee Jonrowe holds the fastest time ever recorded by a female musher. Photo courtesy www.iditarod.com.

by Chad news

The Cripple Checkpoint has received its first musher. Dee Dee Jonrowe (Bib #39) arrived at the gold mining camp at 6:22 Thursday morning with 14 dogs.

Cripple stands at the halfway point to the finish line in the "Last Great Race to Nome." Along with earning the top position, Jonrowe received the GCI Dorothy Page Halfway Award and $3,000 in placer gold nuggets.

Jonrowe's dash from Ophir to Cripple makes up the longest distance between checkpoints on the Iditarod Trail. 54-year-old Jonrowe holds the fastest time ever recorded by a female musher and has taken thirteen top finishes. She has been running the race since 1980.

The GCI Dorothy Page Halfway Award will be re-presented on March 16th at the Iditarod Awards Banquet at the Nome Recreation Center.