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 90s 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
partners, Ian Paynes, 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Franklin, from the United Kingdom, was withdrawn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 Franklins 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.
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
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