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In 2000 she was the first and only woman ever to win the Yukon Quest -- "The World's Toughest Sled Dog Race." Including her first Iditarod in 2001, Aliy has completed the 1,000+ mile race twelve consecutive years. In 2005 and 2011 she received the Iditarod's "Humanitarian Award" for supreme care of her dog team. Her best finish was 2nd place in 2012.
Susan Butcher (1954 - 2006) Sled dog racer, four time winner of the Iditarod (including a streak of three in a row)
The two-time defending Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race champion Lance Mackey sits with his lead dog Larry at the Iditarod headquarters in Wasilla, Alaska, Wednesday, March 4, 2009. Mackey, who the won Iditarod and Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race twice in a row in 2007 and 2008, is the only musher to win both of the long distance sled dog races in the same year. (AP Photo/Al Grillo)
Susan Butcher ~ A disciplined and fearless adventurer, she was the first person to win three consecutive Iditarod championships, from 1986 to 1988. The Iditarod is a 1,152- mile race across the spectacular but brutal Alaskan wilderness. Four-time Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race winner; 1954-2006.