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Schroeder on Iditarod: 'I'm Finally Here'

Updated: 03/03/2014 10:44 PM
Created: 03/03/2014 9:54 PM WDIO.com

A Chisholm native is braving the ice and snow to participate in the "Last Great Race on Earth."

The Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race took off on Sunday from Willow, Alaska. Chisholm's own Nathan Schroeder is competing for the first time this year.

Schroeder won his second Beargrease in a row in January. It was his third win overall. On Saturday, the day before he started the biggest race of his life so far, he said this is his dream.

"It's something I've been dreaming of for many years, since I was 12 years old," Schroeder said. "I'm finally here. I guess one thing I'm hoping for is a nice clean run tomorrow. I'd like to thank my friends, family and all my sponsors as I take on this challenge. Thank you."

Schroeder was in 40th place as of Monday evening. Sixty-nine mushers compete, racing their way to Nome. The race covers 1,000 miles of the roughest Alaskan terrain, and normally takes about 10 days.

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