On April 24, at the Soldotna Sports Center, the crowd was excited watching the video of the finish to the 2004 Iditarod, even though we all knew the outcome.
Being in the company of several great Kenai Peninsula Iditarod mushers, including the 2004 Iditarod winner, was very humbling. Honoring Mitch Seavey was very easy.
With three generations of Seaveys in the room, you know that mushing is truly a family venture. Mitch Seavey gave credit to all, from his father sharing his boyhood dream to crediting his sons for their athletic accomplishments and his wife for keeping everyone in the right direction.
The celebration of the Sterling musher could not have been complete without Merrill Sikorski. Merrill is a tireless community ambassador. Thank you, Merrill. We also would like to thank Hobo Jim for his surprise song and strings of the Iditarod song. A big thank you to Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Dale Bagley. Mayor Bagley presented the proclamation to Mitch Seavey honoring Mr. Seavey for his grand accomplishment.
Also, a special thanks to everyone who turned out to honor Mr. Seavey.
I also would like to thank the Soldotna Sports Center and the city of Soldotna for their cooperation in the room setup and the loan of the audio-video equipment, that came complete with Jeremy Ley, who was a great help with the equipment. Thanks to Bill Popp for his last minute tech help.
Thank you again to Mitch Seavey for being such a great winner and a great example of what hard work, determination and balance can obtain.
Michelle Glaves, Executive director, Soldotna Chamber of Commerce
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