WILLOW, Alaska (KTUU) - Veteran musher DeeDee Jonrowe is set to retire from thousand mile races after Iditarod 2018.
Jonrowe, 64, posted her decision on Twitter and thanked her fans for their years of support.
Thank you to everyone who have been there over the years! pic.twitter.com/HmAK92QdMC— DeeDee Jonrowe (@DeeDeeJonrowe) September 17, 2017
Jonrowe is an icon of Iditarod, having finished 16-times in the top ten. She has twice been runner-up, firstly in 1993 and then in 1998.
In 2002, Jonrowe was diagnosed with breast cancer and heroically returned to race in 2003, finishing 18th - Jonrowe was given the award of Most Inspirational Musher.
More recently, Jonrowe lost her home in the Sockeye Fire in 2015, she still appeared at the start line in 2016 and finished the race in 44th place.
Jonrowe's first Iditarod was in 1980 and 2018 will be her 37th start.