By Marion Algier – AskMarion
Todd Palin, husband of Sarah Palin and four-time champion of the Tesoro Iron Dog, the world's longest snowmobile race, which traces the path of the Iditarod race with an extra journey of several hundred miles to Fairbanks added, has dedicated his 2015 Iron Dog run to hero Chris Kyle, as Governor Sarah Palin Reprises Her Commander-in-Chief Role and Honors Veterans at CPAC 2015 with a speech honoring veterans.
Recently, Todd Palin said of Chris Kyle:
“And then it was an honor for me and others to participate in “Stars Earn Stripes” with Chris and others in the military. You can have a conversation with somebody but until you’re side-by-side in the trenches with somebody, then you really know somebody. These guys, being a sniper, being out ahead of his unit and saving lives, Chris was just a good man, an expert in his field and he was one heck of a teacher.”
Palin also spoke about his own personal experience as the father of a military man.
“As father and mother, Sarah and I witnessed our son [Track] go through boot camp. It’s just an unbelievable process. You have an 18-year-old go down to boot camp and then you go down there a few months later when they graduate from boot camp and they’re just mentally strong, physically strong and have all the respect in the world for their drill sergeant because their drill sergeant is right next to you climbing up that mountain or running the five miles. But it just shows years of training, dedication and protecting freedom and liberty. That’s the motto of our military.”
Not only is Todd Palin a local hero and Iron Dog champion, but the Palins also run a mix of lead and team dogs for the Iditarod, touted as the Last Great Race on Earth. In fact, Todd, the former first dude of Alaska and Governor Palin Generate $189 Million+ Yearly in Alaskan Tourism They motivate 44% of tourist travel to the state and the former governor’s favorable number is 21 points higher among Alaska tourists than the general public. Wouldn’t it be great if they could generate that type of tourism to Washington, D.C.?
While many in the contiguous 48 states will be watching the Daytona 500 and the Oscars Sunday, the eyes of Alaska focus on the Iron Dog.
The grueling snowmachine race has been going strong since 1984. For the 22nd time, former Alaska First Gentleman Todd Palin competes.
Palin has won the race four times and he’s teaming for a second straight year with Tyler Huntington. The duo, Team 11, honors an American hero in the process. Todd Palin races in support of the Chris Kyle Frog Foundation, with a snowmachine decked out in a patriotic decal that pays homage to one of the greatest snipers America has ever known.
“It was just an honor to spend time with Chris Kyle,” Palin told The Palin Update with Kevin Scholla on Mama Grizzly Radio. “I think that the success of (American Sniper) just shows that Americans have been waiting to be able to lift that hero up. It’s been huge”
Before embarking on the 2015 Iron Dog Race and gunning for his fifth championship. Todd and Kevin discussed the weather conditions, what it takes to win, and how Chris Kyle lives on through this grueling event. The show also included Sarah Palin showing off her comedy chops at SNL's 40th Anniversary Show and tells you why Alaskans are smiling ear to ear. There is also, a brand new segment of Liberty & Legacy with Tamara Colbert in Texas and Steel Resolve; their weekly commentary with Sarah Steelman in Missouri is showcased.
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Bristol Palin wrote, “So proud of Dad and his desire to honor Chris. Go, Dad, go!”
Also, read what Taya Kyle wrote on Chris’ Facebook page about Todd Palin here.
Updated on 03.01.15: Faeo, Quam won the bruising Iron Dog snowmachine race in which:
- Snowmachines sunk in bay during tough Iron Dog course
- Iron Dog was off to a rough start over bare earth, open water
The runners-up were Anchorage's Aaron Bartel and Davis, of Soldotna, who finished 46 minutes later and won $35,000 for the showing. Allen Hill, of Big Lake, and McKenna, of Anchorage, claim $20,000 for the their third-place finish.
Two-time champion Tyler Huntington of Galena was the top Interior racer in the race, joining with Wasilla's four-time champion Todd Palin to take ninth place. Other Interior finishers included rookies Ryan Folsom and Tony Greene in 12th place; Fairbanks rookie Chris Carroll, who is racing with Ray Chvastasz of Wasilla, in 16th place; and Tanana's Archie Agnes and Arnold Marks in 17th place.
Quam, 44, said not many racers his age win the grueling Iron Dog, and that he relied on the energy that Faeo, 31, injected into the team. Faeo said Quam's trail savvy provided a crucial balance.
"Eric's been awesome," he said. "A guy with a lot of experience, a great rider. I've learned a ton from him this year."