Withdrew from what
would have been her 13th Iditarod in 2010.
Lynda has been racing in
and training others to participate in the Iditarod
for 19 years. Lynda and her students have now
finished a combined total of 25 Iditarod Sled Dog
Races. As a result of her devotion to her dogs and
her profession, she has been featured in several
documentaries, including a PBS Special. She has a
passion for teaching mushing and her expertise has
been proven, because eleven of her students have
crossed the finish line in Nome.
Lynda is one of only a
handful of women to repetitively complete the
Iditarod, and she strives toward being a role model
for young girls and women. In doing so, she hopes
to exemplify that anything in life is possible, if
one sets his/her mind to it and truly loves that
he/she is doing despite the odds.
Lynda owns and operates
Plettner Sled Dog Kennels. She is 59 years old, was
born in New York City and raised in Palm Springs,
California. She has trained race horses, worked as
a carpenter, and done many interesting things
besides mushing. She is the mother of two adult
children, Jody and Slade. Her current business,
other than dogs, is the assisted living home she
manages, a home for mentally challenged and
mentally ill adults.
Self-described "grandmother that has run the
most Iditarods," She is 56 years old.
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