Kim withdrew at Rohn in the 36th (2008) running of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. This is her first year to race since then.

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Kim Franklin, 49, was born and raised in Essex, UK. She began musher in the early 90’s and became interested in running the Iditarod when she was running her Malamutes in the UK and then following the 2002 and 2006 Iditarods. She now lives in Hertfordshire, a more rural area, where they are closer to her partner’s, Ian Payne’s, work. She has been a property landlord since 2007 and says she left school at 16 to work in the family business. She is a member of Racehorse Owners Association and British Eventing, and says her hobbies are horseracing, horse riding, travel, skiing, fine dining and reading. Kim wishes to thank Dean and My Dzung Osmar for allowing her to run their dogs, Janice Penman for her support in the UK, and too many mushers to name who have been kind enough to offer advice, help and support


Rohn, March 6, 2008 – Rookie musher Kim Franklin, from the United Kingdom, was withdrawn from the 2008 Iditarod earlier today.

Franklin reported that one of her dogs chewed through the gangline and two dogs left the team during Franklin’s nighttime run from Rainy Pass to Rohn. She was unable to locate them and went on to Rohn.

Under Iditarod rules, mushers must arrive in a checkpoint with the same number of dogs that they left the previous checkpoint with in order to continue in the race.

A withdrawal has the effect of involuntarily eliminating a musher and team from the race but does not imply any deliberate misconduct or violation. The two dogs were located back down the trail in Rainy Pass and were flown to Anchorage and released to their handler.



2008 Rookie
Kim Franklin, 41, was born and raised in the U.K, where she has been a farmer for the last six years. She began mushing in 1988 and says she started thinking about the Iditarod when she bought her first malamute. "Everyone has to have a dream in their life, preparing for and completing the Iditarod is mine. I first visited Alaska to follow the 2002 Iditarod and returned to the UK knowing that one day I would return to race against the legendary mushers that I had watched so closely. This will be the biggest challenge that I have ever faced, and I relish the opportunity to test myself to the limit. I dedicate my race to my mother and father, who have both passed on since my first visit to Alaska." Kim is a member of the National Farmers Union and the Racehorse Owners Association. She says she enjoys horse racing and fine dining.


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