Born in Wisconsin, Riddles was 16 when she moved to Alaska in 1972. After working at various odd jobs and becoming involved in sled dog racing, in 1985 she entered the "Iditarod," a grueling sled-dog marathon on the Iditarod Trail from Anchorage to Nome. Nineteen days and 1200 miles later, she emerged from a raging blizzard and crossed the finish line to become the first woman to win this race. This fast-paced description of her bout against both the elements and veteran competitors generates electrical excitement. Former newspaper editor Jones (the Chicago Tribune and the Wall Street Journal, among others) contributes short background articles covering trail history, fabric booties that protect the dogs' feet, checkpoint procedures, etc. There are 11 black-and-white photos and maps at the beginning of each chapter showing Riddles's daily position.
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Libby Riddles and Tim Jones
We met Libby while on cruise to Alaska, what a lady. The book is so interesting you don't want it to end. thanks frankPublished 1 month ago by FRANK FELCYN
As a fan of dog stories and the Iditarod, this was a fascinating and detailed story of what it took for one woman to win the Iditarod. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Jean H. Lowe
Not only was Libby the first female winner of the Iditarod, but she succeeded as a good story writer. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Animal lover
I received an autographed copy of this book as a gift last year, and am just getting around to my review. I thoroughly enjoyed Libby Riddles adventures. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Leo Higgins
A wonderful story about the first woman to win the Iditarod Sled Dog Race. Libby Riddles won the race because she was brave enough to go into a storm when others would not,... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Grace Greenwood