Name: Robin Scanlon
Residence: Wasilla, Alaska
Occupation: Registered nurse
Years involved with Iditarod: 5
Iditarod Role: Right now we are part of the canine urine collection team.
Current Location: Willow Community Center
Date of Photo: March 5, 2023
Temperature: -7 degrees
What, who or how and when did you first get involved with the Iditarod?
I got involved with the Iditarod five years ago when we moved to Alaska. We have Siberians, kennel full of Siberians, so we started getting involved with different mushers in the community. And I looked online where it says, “Iditarod volunteers”. And that’s the first thing I did was I went under there and registered as a volunteer.
What is your Why? Why are you here TODAY and involved with the Iditarod?
I’m here today, obviously as a volunteer, we’re part of the urine collection team for the dogs. But why? Because I love the sport. I love the community of people. It’s just an amazing family that you become a part of. And everything about the mushing world, I enjoy it.
Tell me about just one of your most memorable Iditarod experiences:
The most memorable would probably be our second year when we were really involved with Knik 200. And we met up with the Redingtons and they just made us feel so welcome. Even though we were doing the drug screen. Oh, also we were dog handling. So yeah, running the dogs up to the front, that’s huge in itself. You almost feel like a winner being bringing the dogs up to the front of the line. Yeah, so I just enjoy it.
What in life do you know for sure?
Jesus is our Lord, yay. Amen.