Thursday, August 27, 2020

COVID-19 Will Not Stop the 2020 Mushers of the Iditarod


COVID-19 has ripped our sports fabric to its very core
Football bowl games, March Madness, Kentucky Derby as just a few we have had to ignore
But in the Great Land, the Land of the Northern Lights and North to the Future hope is near
The Last Great Race with 60 mushing teams will again on March 7, 2020  appear
1,000 miles against the Arctic winds, ice and snow
And after but a few days alone with your  dogs in the cold you go
A race that brings out the best in dogs and men and women to never give up
No matter how much the despair of not winning or maybe not finishing fights to erupt
A race that stays open until the last musher alone with dogs days from the winner behind
Crosses for the Red Lantern trophy the Nome Franklin Street finish line
Only in Alaska to honor the great Serum Run
Do lonely mushers against the odds struggle in the race they have begun
If Climate Change is really in our future an on the Iditarod Trail the ice and snow melt away
May the sleds have runners with wheels so we preserve the serum sleds that mushed the serum to diphtheria slay
Look for race updates on the blog
A race so memorable should have viewers as through the wilderness the mushers slog

© August 27, 2020 Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet

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