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The Iditarod Ceremonial Start in Anchorage

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Northern Outfitters gear was everywhere at the Iditarod Ceremonial Start on Saturday.  Here are just a few examples.img-0598.jpg

Iditarod Pro-Staffer and Yukon Quest winner Aliy Zirkle in her Arctic Parka, with Northern Outfitters president Jim Harrison.  Aliy finished 2nd in the Iditarod last year and we're expecting great things from her again.  She's running the team that her husband, Allen Moore, won the Yukon Quest with a few weeks ago.  Aliy is the only woman who has ever won the Yukon Quest, making them the only couple to have ever won as well.

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Allen Moore in his Black Northern Outfitters Arctic Parka with Jim Harrison. (You'll notice Jim manages to get in most of the photos with our Pro-Staffers.) Allen and Aliy run two teams from their SP Kennel. Allen the black and Aliy the red. Now you know why they wear different color Arctic Parkas.

After winning the Yukon Quest (the International 1000 mile race from Whitehorse to Fairbanks) a few weeks ago, Allen is running a younger team in the Iditarod leaving Aliy to run the pros. A win for Aliy will make her the only woman to ever win both the Iditarod and the Yukon Quest. We couldn't be prouder to have this wonderful couple on our team.

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Cancer survivor and veteran Iditarod musher Dee Dee Jonrowe is famous for the pink Yukon-style Kuspuk she wears over her cold weather gear, and proudly dresses her handlers in Northern Outfitters.

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Another fan of pink, Northern Outfitters Pro-Staffer Kristi Berrington with Jim Harrison.

img-0593.jpgAlaskans know how to keep their feet warm. Northern Outfitters Arctic Boots were everywhere.

img-0599.jpg    Northern Outfitters keeps Aaron Burmeister warm, and Aaron and his lovely wife Mandy, 6th generation Alaskans (we met Gen 7 in Anchorage), keep us supplied with sourdough starter that's been handed down in his family since 1898.

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Anna Berrington, Northern Outfitters Pro-Staffer and Kristi's sister, getting one of her dogs ready for the Ceremonial Start on 4th Street in Anchorage.

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The team is hitched and Anna and her Iditarider are ready to go.

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Aliy Zirkle leading her team to the starting line.

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Aaron and his Iditarider ready for the countdown.

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The Iditarod Race Committee chose Northern Outfitters Wind Anoraks to keep the 28 members of their media crew warm.

2013 Jim and Dawn

A great big THANK YOU to all of our customers, Pro-Staffers and our National Industries of the Blind manufacturing partners.  Couldn't do it without you.               Jim Harrison and Dawn Talley