>Ruby (Saturday June 12th)

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Welcome to Ruby! Our boats were met at the river bank by a large group of adults and children waiting for Coastie’s arrival.

Among those in the reception party, was Emmitt Peters (pictured), also known as the “Yukon Fox”, champion of the 1975 Iditarod and one of the mushers who helped shape the race into what it is today. In 1975, he cut six days from the prior race time, turned the Iditarod into a high speed race, and set a record that stood for the next five years. Emmitt has run the 1,100 mile Iditarod race 13 times, consistently finishing in the top 10, and was the last rookie to win the race. In the year 2000, at the age of 59, Emmitt returned to the Iditarod after a 10 year absence.

Joe Wright then kindly drove Coastie, Dean, Nanci, and Allie up to the hall and returned to the river bank to help Chuck, Ray, and Tom fuel the boats and get water.

The children bubbled over with excitement to meet Coastie. You could feel the energy in the room, as they gave Coastie hugs and learned about river safety. Ruby was one of our biggest crowds yet!

Thanks to Joe Wright, Agnes Bergman, and Pat Statesir (Tribal Administrator, pictured being presented certificate) for their assistance and support while the team visited Ruby.

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