No end in sight : my life as a blind Iditarod racer

by Scdoris, Rachael.

Format: Print Book 2006
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The inspirational first person story of a young dog sled racer who had to overcome incredible odds to compete: she is legally blindFor more than eleven years, twenty-one-year-old Rachael Scdoris has been guiding teams of sled dogs across jagged mountain ranges, frozen rivers, dense forests, and desolate tundra at speeds exceeding twenty mph. Not only is Rachael the youngest athlete to ever complete a 500-mile sled dog race mile, but she is also legally blind and has been since birth.
Though she faced resistance from race organizers, Rachael finally achieved her goal of competing, with the aid of a visual interpreter, in the 2005 Iditarod Trail International Sled Dog Race across the wilds of Alaska.
"No End in Sight" is a story full of heartache and hope, challenge and courage-- and ultimately the triumph of dreaming big and working to make those dreams come true.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "For the uninitiated, the Iditarod Trail International Sled Dog Race is a 500-mile dash across Alaska. Even for someone in the fittest of physical conditions, it is a grueling and potentially very dangerous undertaking. For someone who is blind, it would seem to be impossible. But not for 20-year-old Scdoris, who, despite being legally blind, has spent a decade raising and guiding sled-dog teams. When she decided to compete in the Iditarod, she encountered plenty of opposition (including, predictably, organizers of the race). This memoir could have been one of those movie-of-the-week tearjerkers (something called Blind Determination,0 perhaps), but, thankfully, it is instead a straightforward recounting of the author's unique odyssey. The book is inspirational, but the inspiration comes not from preachy you-can-do--anything lectures, but from Scdoris herself, who surely proves that nothing is impossible. This volume updates an earlier edition (same title, different subtitle) that took Scdoris up to her acceptance into the Iditarod. --David Pitt Copyright 2006 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Twenty-year-old Scdoris, afflicted with a rare eye disorder that makes her 20-200 vision impervious to correction, recounts her journey to Alaska's famous sled dog race in this slow but straightforward memoir written with family friend Steber. Born with congenital achromatopsia, Scdoris spent her childhood struggling to gain independence, even though crossing a busy street was a life-or-death challenge. During her childhood in Oregon, Scdoris's father introduced her to his love of sled dog racing, a livelihood he temporarily abandoned in order to move closer to urban areas where state programs for the blind were readily available. Scdoris expends equal amounts of time on the details of racing and the trials of being a blind teenager in a school where she endured merciless teasing on a daily basis. While negotiating those difficulties, she also had to stand up to resentment and disbelief in the racing community (many seasoned racers believed a young girl with a disability had no place in the sport). Yet Scdoris pursued her love of racing and ends the memoir intending to race the Iditarod in 2006. Her inspiring life story is unfortunately dulled by a lackluster presentation. 22 b&w photos not seen by PW. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Scdoris, Rachael.
Iditarod (Race)
Women mushers -- Oregon -- Biography.
Mushers -- Oregon -- Biography.
Sled dog racing -- Alaska.
Publisher New York :St. Martin's Press,2006
Edition 1st rev. ed., rev. and fully updated.
Contributors Steber, Rick, 1946-
Language English
Notes Includes index.
Description viii, 278 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
ISBN 0312352735
9780312364373 (pbk)
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