Blair Braverman ’11 started her first Iditarod March 3, but she’s not new to mushing. Her social media posts about her dogs and their races have a large following—dubbed “Ugly dogs”—and the media has been interested in her story. National Public Radio’s All Things Considered aired an interview with Braverman March 1 and posted a story on their website the same day. Braverman was also interviewed by NBC’s Harry Smith for a piece on the Sunday edition of NBC’s Today show.
The Anchorage Daily News ran a front-page story about Braverman March 4 titled “An Iditarod rookie’s tweets of the trail are putting a new twist on a rich storytelling tradition.” A successful author and a regular contributor to Outside magazine, “Braverman might be one of the best things to hit the Iditarod in a while — a Lower 48 musher with an abiding love for her dogs and a gift for sharing that love on a far-reaching platform,” the Daily News reports.
On March 6 Vogue magazine ran “Cool Runnings,” a piece written by Braverman that explains what it takes to mush 1,000 miles through the Alaskan wilderness. “I entered my first race, a thirty-miler, and it felt too short. I entered another race, a hundred-miler, and it still felt too short. Time after time I came to finish lines and wished that I were not done racing. I felt better on the trail, alone with my dogs and the wilderness, than I did anywhere else,” she wrote in the article that also highlights other women mushers in this year’s race and contains stunning photography and video.
Follow Braverman on Twitter at @BlairBraverman, and read a Colby Magazine story about her here.Read full article