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Blind Musher gets Green Light for Iditarod
Associated Press ^ | 09.20.03

Posted on 09/20/2003 6:07:55 AM PDT by wallcrawlr

ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- A blind musher will be allowed to compete in the 2004 Iditarod Dog Sled Race, board members of the Iditarod Trail Committee decided Friday.

The board voted unanimously to waive certain rules to allow Rachael Scdoris, 18, of Redmond, Ore., to be guided by another musher to advise her of trail conditions. The board also approved use of two-way radios so the pair can communicate.

"It was a fair compromise that will allow Rachael to realize her dream," said Rick Koch, the board chairman.

Scdoris had hoped the board would allow her to be accompanied by two veteran mushers on snowmobiles, but she said she was happy with the decision.

Existing Iditarod rules allow competitors to receive assistance only from competing mushers. Verbal coaching from noncompetitors and use of radios and other communication equipment also is forbidden.

Scdoris has congenital achromatopsia, a retinal condition that impairs her ability to see clearly.

Scdoris is one of 81 entrants for the 2004 race so far, including 29 rookies. It begins in Anchorage on March 6.

TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: blindness; iditarod

1 posted on 09/20/2003 6:07:55 AM PDT by wallcrawlr
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To: wallcrawlr
Wow! Best of luck to her.
2 posted on 09/20/2003 6:10:36 AM PDT by BenLurkin (Socialism is slavery)
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To: BenLurkin
You bet! I wish her a good run. How inspiring for others.
3 posted on 09/20/2003 6:57:22 AM PDT by Lee Heggy (Jealousy-The theory that some other fellow has just as little taste.)
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To: wallcrawlr
Good luck to her, I used to run dogs up there and even with all of your senses the the Ididrod is tough SOB

Citizens For A Freer America
Upper Valley Free Press
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4 posted on 09/20/2003 7:04:37 AM PDT by Daryl L.Hunter
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