ANCHORAGE, Alaska – Veteran Iditarod dog-sled musher Ken Anderson met with Adm. Bob Papp, Coast Guard commandant, in Washington Friday in recognition of Anderson’s Coast Guard sponsorship for the 2011 Iditarod Dog-sled Race.
The Coast Guard began their relationship with Anderson in 2010 and sponsored him again in 2011 for his bid in the Iditarod race attempt extending 1,150 miles from Anchorage to Nome. Anderson has finished the Iditarod race in the top five three times, with fourth place finishes in 2008 and 2010. This year he finished in ninth place. He recently placed third in the 2011 Yukon Quest Sled Dog Race.
“It’s a huge honor for one of our nation’s prestigious military services to sponsor me,” said Anderson. “During the Iditarod race it’s one team in a remote area with no help nearby, and the Coast Guard knows this as they often fly alone into inclement weather throughout remote regions of Alaska.”
The Coast Guard sponsored Anderson in the 38th and 39th Iditarods as part of outreach efforts to the villages in remote northern Alaska emphasizing boating and water safety including wearing personal flotation devices. Anderson has been giving professional presentations about the Iditarod for nearly 10 years. He has made several appearances at schools in Alaska since beginning his partnership with the Coast Guard during which he emphasized safety and preparedness while enjoying the outdoors.