Name: MARTHA DOBSON
Residence: NORTH CAROLINA
Occupation: RETIRED/RESIGNED FROM TEACHING
Years involved with Iditarod: OUT ON THE TRAIL SINCE 2011. I‘VE BEEN VOLUNTEERING ON THE TRAIL SINCE 2012
Iditarod Role: DRUG-TESTING TEAM COORDINATOR
Current Location: MCGRATH, ALASKA
Date of Photo: MARCH 8, 2019
Temperature: 32F / OUTDOORS
What is your Why?.. Why are you here today and involved in Iditarod?:
I CANNOT GET AWAY FROM IT. IT HOOKED ME BEFORE 2011 AND I JUST HAVE TO KEEP COMING OUT HERE FOR THE ADVENTURE AND TO BE PART OF THIS.
Tell me about your most rewarding experience on Iditarod?:
IN 2011, WHEN JOHN BAKER WON, I WAS AT WHITE MOUNTAIN WHEN HE ARRIVED IN WHITE MOUNTAIN. AND A LOT OF NATIVE PEOPLE WERE THERE WITH SIGNS WRITTEN IN THEIR NATIVE LANGUAGE ENCOURAGING HIM AND CHEERING HIM ON. AND THAT WAS VERY MOVING.
What do you know for sure?:
THAT YOU BETTER GET OUT THERE AND DO THE STUFF THAT YOU WANT TO DO BEFORE YOU CAN’T DO IT.
I know that Martha loves the Iditarod and is a faithful volunteer. She loves the dogs and offers a retirement home to older dogs who no longer race.
I’m proud that she is my friend.