Iditarod musher DeeDee Jonrowe to retire

Robert Forto

Robert Forto

@robertforto | Executive producer and co-host of Dog Works Radio

Join hosts Robert Forto and Alex Stein as they talk about Iditarod musher and fan favorite, DeeDee Jonrowe’s intention to retire after the 2018 Iditarod on Mushing Radio.

Jonrowe was ran in The Last Great Race since 1980 and has raced 35 times in the 1049 mile race across the state of Alaska each March on a trail that takes mushers and their dogs from Anchorage to Nome.

Jonrowe, known by just her first name, DeeDee to her fans, is an inspiration to all of us. She has overcome insurmountable odds including; cancer, losing her home to a wildfire and a terrfic car accident, but each year she comes back to the starting line to race.

In this episode, we talked about:

  • Jonrowe announcing her retirement after the 2018 race
  • Jonrowe’s amazing accomplishments on the Iditarod Trail
  • The Ironman triathlon
  • Future plans for Jonrowe

Host, Robert Forto’s Bio:

Robert is the training director for Alaska Dog Works where they train dogs for canine obedience, working dogs, therapy dogs and service dogs for clients all over North America. He is also a dog musher and he and his wife operate a 40-dog mushing kennel in Willow, Alaska, called Team Ineka. They can often be seen at local races and leading expeditions in the Alaska backcountry with outdoor leadership students at the University of Alaska. Robert is the producer of Dog Works Radio that has been on the air since 2009 and is currently simulcast on a local radio station, KVRF in Palmer, Alaska.

Host, Alex Stein’s Bio:

Alex M. Stein is a writer, documentary filmmaker, and storyteller living in Los Angeles while pining for the Northern Lights. He is the author of the personal essay collection NO, MR. BOND, I EXPECT YOUR DREAMS TO DIE and directed the Iditarod documentary MUSH. He was married in Alaska, above the Arctic Circle, at the northernmost saloon in the world, by the bartender. Alex has been a host on Dog Works Radio since 2012 and he can be heard on our mushing broadcasts and during our annual nightly Iditarod coverage each March. 

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Robert Forto

Robert Forto

@robertforto | Executive producer and co-host of Dog Works Radio

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