No End in Sight

My Life as a Blind Iditarod Racer

Rachael Scdoris and Rick Steber

St. Martin's Press

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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 blind
For 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.

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Chapter One

My Perfect Moment

My perfect moment: dead of winter, dogs running flat out, air so cold I can taste its brittleness on the tip of my tongue. I know this trail, know it by heart. Ahead is a sharp switchback right, followed by a steep downhill, breaking into a series of tight S-curves. Any of these can cause a musher to wreck.

I have the overwhelming sensation of speed. A blanket of snow-laden clouds hides the harshness of the sunlight. I squint to see the vague shapes of dogs out in front of me. They are indistinct and one-dimensional.

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“People identify with Rachael. They feel inspired by who she is as a person and what she has overcome; her strength, her courage, her hope. She won’t allow things to get in her way. People see Rachael as a role model for those facing challenges in their own lives.” -- Mushing Magazine
“Rachael Scdoris is not one to walk away from a challenge. She's already an accomplished musher, but it is her character and perseverance which are most exceptional.” -- The Frontiersman
Rachael Scdoris is a prime example of how athletes, no matter what their obstacles are, can achieve great things.” --femsport Magazine
 

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Rachael Scdoris and Rick Steber

Rachel Scdoris is a dog sled racer who grew up in the Pacific Northwest.  She participated in her first Iditarod sled race in 2005.   Rick Steber grew up running sled dogs, and is the author of a number of nonfiction books. They both live in Oregon. 

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No End in Sight
My Life as a Blind Iditarod Racer
Rachael Scdoris and Rick Steber

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St. Martin's Press
April 2007
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ISBN: 9781429908689
ISBN10: 1429908688
288 pages
$7.99

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St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's Griffin
March 2007
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ISBN: 9780312364373
ISBN10: 0312364377
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 288 pages, Includes 22 black-and-white photographs throughout
$18.99
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