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Iditarod Sled Dog “Arctic” Visits Memorial Hospital for Children

For Immediate Release

Jan. 19, 2009

Kurt Reich, local Iditarod Sled Dog race qualifier, and lead sled dog “Arctic,” made an appearance at Memorial Hospital for Children (1400 E. Boulder St.) on Wed., Jan. 21. The kids had a chance to meet the amazing Siberian husky and listen to Reich share his dog sledding adventures. Arctic brought smiles to many faces, kids, parents and staff, as she toured the pediatrics area and pediatric intensive care unit (PICU). Arctic gave each child a unique dog bootie - the same ones that the sled dogs wear to protect their feet from the miles of snow and ice during the race.

Reich and his 24 dogs will be heading off to the 2009 Iditarod International Sled Dog Race in Anchorage, Alaska on March 8. The race, which is also known as the “toughest race on earth,” is an 1100 mile race that passes through five climate zones. Reich is running the Iditarod to raise money for children’s charities, including Memorial Hospital for Children. The race is held in memory of the Great Serum Run of the early 1920’s where dog sleds shipped life saving serum to the ill children in Nome affected by the deadly diphtheria epidemic.

You can learn more at Reich’s website: www.iditarodforcharities.org.

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For more information, please contact Memorial Health System Public Relations at (719) 365-5235.