Acclimating to the warm weather

February 23, 2009

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Dispatches from around the globe This week— Alaska

It’s mid-February and too warm: 34 degrees. I can’t even wear my Marmot jacket in this weather; it makes me overheat as I run errands. This tells me I have acclimated to Anchorage. As race communications coordinator for Iditarod, the 1,000-mile dog sled race from Anchorage to Nome, I am in the midst of my two-month annual spell here. 

When I arrived, the temp was 5 degrees. It took me five days to acclimate to the cold, very dry Alaska climate. Read more

Iditarod docudrama excites race communications coordinator

September 23, 2008

Issaquah resident Bernadette Anne, communications coordinator for the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, shows the snow parka and hat she wears while in Alaska. Photo by David Hayes

Issaquah resident Bernadette Anne, communications coordinator for the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, shows the snow parka and hat she wears while in Alaska. Photo by David Hayes

Bernadette Anne has participated in all but two Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Races in Alaska since 2000 as a volunteer at some level before ascending to communications coordinator this year.

The Issaquah resident has worked several checkpoints along the more than 1,000-mile route and has flown the course by charter plane to follow the action.

But even Anne has not seen or experienced all that the mushers and their dogs survive to make it from Anchorage to Nome.

Until now.

Anne is highly anticipating a new docudrama produced by the makers of the Discovery Channel’s show, “Deadliest Catch.” Premiering at 10 p.m. Oct. 14 is “Toughest Race on Earth: Iditarod.”

“If you’ve seen ‘The Deadliest Catch,’ then you’ll understand how it’s filmed the same way,” Anne said. “During this six hour series, you can watch this year’s race as it happened.”

The Discovery Channel flew a crew of 20, including Read more