Running North by Ann Mariah Cook
A Yukon Adventure

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What happens when a woman and her husband move their family from New Hampshire to Alaska to train a team of purebred Siberian Huskies for the world's toughest dogsled race, the Yukon Quest? They endure thousands of miles of lonely training in the Yukon trying to avoid thin ice, wolves, and rogue moose; they put up with the amused skepticism of Alaskan locals; and they pit themselves against the ultimate, fickle adversary--nature. RUNNING NORTH is the true story of how Ann Cook, her husband, George, and their young daughter, Kathleen, moved to Alaska and how their Siberians became the first team from the lower forty-eight states to finish the Yukon Quest. It tracks George on his horrific journey through the Yukon, recording the frostbite, the hallucinations that come with exhaustion, the wolves, and the nights out on the ice at minus ninety degrees Fahrenheit. This is the great story of man struggling against nature and surviving. But unlike most accounts of high adventure that center solely on the adventurer and the quest, RUNNING NORTH is also the story of Ann Cook, who drove the truck and carried the gear and kept the family together. In the tradition of MY OLD MAN AND THE SEA, she tells both stories in simple, elegant prose that reveals the tragedy, joy, and folly that lie on either side of the curtain separating the adventurer from the world left behind. They run up against crazy landlords, win over gruff neighbors, drive a broken-down truck that sucks oil like Alaskans suck coffee, listen to a radio show that keeps trappers in contact with the world, meet mysterious fishermen who appear without notice and disappear without a sign, fight with a young cousin who will betray them in the end, protect their young daughter from the dangers of their new wild world, and stare awestruck at the wide sweep of Alaskan landscape. RUNNING NORTH is the story of two very different adventures on the edge: one among the racers braving the Yukon and the other among the people they leave behind.
 

About Ann Mariah Cook

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Ann Cook is a sled dog racer, a columnist, and an American Kennel Club judge. Born and raised in New England, she's been a graphic artist, an antique dealer, and a contender for the U.S. Women's Rowing team. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband, her daughter, and thirty-five purebred Siberian Huskies.
 
Published January 11, 1999 by Algonquin Books. 324 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Sports & Outdoors, Travel, Crafts, Hobbies & Home. Non-fiction

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Another entry in the vast how-I-survived-an-Alaskan-winter literature.

Oct 23 1998 | Read Full Review of Running North: A Yukon Adventure

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In the world of sled-dog racing only three long-distance courses count: the Iditarod, the Alpirod and the Yukon Quest. The last is dubbed a thousand miles of Hell for its 1000-mile course across m

Nov 02 1998 | Read Full Review of Running North: A Yukon Adventure

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By the end of the book, the reader will have learned much about dog breeding, the virtues of various husky strains, the diseases and psychic disorders of sled dogs, dog diet and equipment (booties!), and the almost human character of the various dogs they train and race.

Jan 09 1999 | Read Full Review of Running North: A Yukon Adventure

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While the Iditarod is more well known, the Yukon Quest is far more challenging—a 1,000-mile journey with only seven checkpoints and a half dozen mountains make the Iditarod look like a molehill, and mushers are only allowed one sled for the entire race.

Dec 16 1998 | Read Full Review of Running North: A Yukon Adventure

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