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More on Cindy Abbott

Craig Medred is an award-winning journalist who has written about the Iditarod and life in Alaska for decades. On Sunday, Medred reported in the Alaska Dispatch about Cindy Abbott’s ill-fated Iditarod run, and he corrects a couple of factual mistakes reported in the Orange County Register piece I linked to earlier.

Abbott did indeed fall on the ice and break her pelvis early in the race and eventually had to be rescued outside the Kaltag checkpoint 600 miles later. However, according to Abbott, she was not suffering from extreme hypothermia as originally reported.

Medred also reveals what the race cost Abbott, not only physically but financially.Yet through it all, Abbott is surprisingly upbeat about her experience: “I had a great experience. It was fabulous. It’s all good.”

The fact that Abbott was able to continue for another 600 miles after such a terrible injury is mind-boggling. has video of Abbott coming into Takotna checkpoint, 329 miles into the race, and you would never guess by looking at her what she had suffered. At this point, no one actually knew what had happened to her, and apparently she wasn’t complaining. Talk about tough!

Here’s a link to Medred’s article:

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Update on Cindy Abbott

Yesterday, I posted about Cindy Abbott scratching in Kaltag due to a shoulder injury and out of concern for her dog team. Apparently, there is a lot more to the story. It comes not from the Iditarod Trail Committee but the Orange County Register. Columnist David Whiting reports that Abbott had to be rescued outside of Kaltag with a broken pelvis and extreme hypothermia. When the medical team reached her late Wednesday night, she was in shock.

Abbott is in better condition now. Whiting was able to talk to her as she was being evacuated by bush plane to a hospital in Anchorage. She was in good spirits and had only positive things to say about her experience.

Whiting gives a day-to-day account of Abbott’s race and the challenging conditions she faced here:

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Cindy Abbott Scratches at Kaltag. Newton Marshall’s Dog Mae Found.

Cindy Abbott

OK, bad news first: Rookie Cindy Abbott of Irvine, CA, has scratched in Kaltag. Abbott suffered a muscle strain in her shoulder early in the race and felt that scratching was in the best interests of her and her dog team. She had 12 dogs in her team.

Abbott suffers from Wegener’s Granulomatosis, an incurable form of vasculitis. The rare disease obviously hasn’t slowed her down, however, as she climbed Mt. Everest not long after being diagnosed. A year later, she was training with Lance Mackey for the Iditarod.

Abbott is the 12th musher to scratch in this year’s race. Her scratch means that Bob Chlupach is now carrying the Red Lantern.

Now the good news: Newton Marshall’s dog Mae has been found. She was found by a snowmachiner in the Big Lake area, over 150 miles from where she got loose. Mae belongs to musher Jim Lanier from Chugiak, a suburb of Anchorage, and it is believed she was trying to find her way home. Good dog!

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