RACHAEL SCDORIS BECOMES FIRST BLIND ATHLETE TO FINISH IDITAROD
(Colorado Springs, Colo.) - USABA athlete Rachael Scdoris (Bend, Ore.) has made history as she has finished the 2006 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race and has become the first legally blind athlete to accomplish this quest.
The Iditarod is the world's longest sled dog race and covers some of the most brutal terrain on earth and at 21 years-old, Rachael finished the 1,049 mile race from Anchorage to Nome, Alaska in 12 days, 11 hours and 42 minutes. She drove her team into the finishing chute at the famed Burled Arch at 1:42am AKST which clocked her average speed during the race at 3.607 miles per hour. That put her in 57th place overall and 7th among the rookies. Rachael has endured freezing temperatures reaching as low as 52 degrees below zero and sleepless nights along with her visual interpreter, Tim Osmar (Ninilchik, Alaska), a veteran Iditarod racer who communicates
turns and obstacles to her via a two-way radio. Tim gave up his chances of winning the race in order to help Rachael reach the finish line.
Rachael's dream started many years ago as she grew up around mushing with her father, Jerry Scdoris who also raced. At the age of 8, Rachael got the desire to mush and announced to her parents that she was going to win the Iditarod one day. Rachael has overcome numerous obstacles and challenges in order for this day to arrive. She has put in an innumerable amount of hours of hard work and training to reach Nome, she is a true winner and hero to countless individuals.
Rachael's determination to achieve her dream has created new hope and inspiration for athletes who are blind and visually impaired. Her efforts to raise money in conjunction with The Standard, her main sponsor, will benefit the U.S. Association of Blind Athletes and will have a profound impact on changing the lives of numerous blind and visually athletes who are working to achieve their own dreams. There is still time to make a gift, please visit www.gorachaelgo.com for more information.
Outdoor Life Network will broadcast the 2006 Iditarod starting March 18th with additional episodes airing on March 25th and April 1st. Check your local listings for times or visit www.olntv.com.
The mission of the United States Association of Blind Athletes is to increase the number and quality of grassroots-through-competitive, world-class athletic opportunities for Americans who are blind or visually impaired. For more information, visit our website www.usaba.org.