Jonrowe, Boulding honored as inspirational by Iditarod

Posted: Monday, March 17, 2003

NOME (AP) Iditarod mushers DeeDee Jonrowe and Charlie Boulding, both recovering from cancer, share this year's award for the Most Inspirational Musher in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.

Mushers gathered in Nome Sunday night for the awards banquet and chose Jonrowe and Boulding for the award.

Jonrowe, who completed chemotherapy for cancer about six weeks before the start of this year's Iditarod, finished the race in 18th place. Boulding, who recently went through chemotherapy for colon cancer, scratched from the race in Anvik, saying his dogs were ill. Boulding said he was feeling well during the race and his decision to scratch had nothing to do with his own health.

Among the prizes given out Sunday night, three-time champion Jeff King was honored with the Leonhard Seppala Award, to recognize outstanding dog care.

Sixty-four mushers started the 1,100-mile race to Nome. Robert Sorlie of Hurdal, Norway claimed first prize early Thursday.

Twenty mushers scratched from the race, while 41 have crossed under the burled arch that marks the finish line in Nome. Three remained on the trail. Kelly LaMarre, Ben Stamm and Russell Bybee were making their way to Nome at midmorning Monday.

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