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Cook County rookie mushers Anna Hennessy and Erin Altemus share their Iditarod experiences at North House Folk School to a packed room

May 09, 2024 10:47AM ● By Content Editor

Photo: Rookie mushers of the 52nd Iditarod Race, Anna Hennessy and Erin Altemus. Also pictured is Ashley, one of Anna Hennessy's lead dogs in the Iditarod. All photos by Alex Dobbins. 

By Alex Dobbins for Boreal Community Media - May 9, 2024

On Tuesday, May 7th, 2024, North House Folk School presented “Journey Along the Iditarod”, where rookie Cook County mushers Erin Altemus (Sawtooth Racing) and Anna Hennessy (Shameless Huskies) shared their experiences along the 1000-mile-long sled dog trail race known for going across brutal subzero terrain. Altemus and Hennessy shared the challenges they encountered during the race including rough patches of trails, sleep deprivation, stubborn dogs, wildlife encounters, and overpacking. They also shared quite a few highlights, like pushing limits, indescribable scenery, being immensely proud of their teams, friendships, and the support they received and continue to receive.

The 2024 Iditarod took place this past March. After 500 impressive miles, Altemus was forced to scratch due to physical and mental challenges she and her team were experiencing. Hennessy finished her first Iditarod in 24th place after 11 days on the trail.

Community members throughout Cook County and the North Shore show their support for the two rookie Iditarod mushers.

Greg Wright, Executive Director of North House Folk School, introduced Erin Altemus and Anna Hennessy for the tell-all "Journey Along the Iditarod" event.

Erin Altemus explains the challenges of training in this year's warm winter, as she and her team prepared for the world-famous 1000-mile sled dog trail race, the Iditarod.

 Erin Altemus and Anna Hennessy recount their time on the 1000-mile sled dog trail Iditarod race.

Musher Anna Hennessy shares a moment where she felt gratitude with her dog team before they crossed the finish line in Nome, Alaska.

 Lead dog Ashley from Anna Hennessy's team made a surprise guest appearance.

 Anna Hennessy smiling after lead dog Ashley (not pictured) made an appearance during the event.

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