Running North: A Yukon Adventure

Running North: A Yukon Adventure

by Ann Mariah Cook
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Running North: A Yukon Adventure by Ann Mariah Cook

What happens when a woman and her husband move their family from New Hampshire to Alaska to train a team of purebred Siberian Huskies for the world's toughest dogsled race, the Yukon Quest? They endure thousands of miles of lonely training in the Yukon trying to avoid thin ice, wolves, and rogue moose; they put up with the amused skepticism of Alaskan locals; and they pit themselves against the ultimate, fickle adversary--nature. RUNNING NORTH is the true story of how Ann Cook, her husband, George, and their young daughter, Kathleen, moved to Alaska and how their Siberians became the first team from the lower forty-eight states to finish the Yukon Quest. It tracks George on his horrific journey through the Yukon, recording the frostbite, the hallucinations that come with exhaustion, the wolves, and the nights out on the ice at minus ninety degrees Fahrenheit. This is the great story of man struggling against nature and surviving. But unlike most accounts of high adventure that center solely on the adventurer and the quest, RUNNING NORTH is also the story of Ann Cook, who drove the truck and carried the gear and kept the family together. In the tradition of MY OLD MAN AND THE SEA, she tells both stories in simple, elegant prose that reveals the tragedy, joy, and folly that lie on either side of the curtain separating the adventurer from the world left behind. They run up against crazy landlords, win over gruff neighbors, drive a broken-down truck that sucks oil like Alaskans suck coffee, listen to a radio show that keeps trappers in contact with the world, meet mysterious fishermen who appear without notice and disappear without a sign, fight with a young cousin who will betray them in the end, protect their young daughter from the dangers of their new wild world, and stare awestruck at the wide sweep of Alaskan landscape. RUNNING NORTH is the story of two very different adventures on the edge: one among the racers braving the Yukon and the other among the people they leave behind.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781565128248
Publisher: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill
Publication date: 01/11/1999
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 326
Sales rank: 611,203
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Ann Cook is a sled dog racer, a columnist, and an American Kennel Club judge. Born and raised in New England, she's been a graphic artist, an antique dealer, and a contender for the U.S. Women's Rowing team. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband, her daughter, and thirty-five purebred Siberian Huskies.

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Running North: A Yukon Adventure 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the book that made me decide to move to Alaska after i graduate from college. That's still my goal.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Traveling from the lower forty-eight states George, Ann, Kathleen, and Sandy head to Alaska to compete in the Yukon Quest. George is the man that runs in the race. Ann is the author and the wife of George. Kathleen is the young daughter of George and Ann. Sandy is the handler. But the trip was not just fun and games. Housing, friends, and money cause some of the problems along their goal. It had been George and Ann¿s life goal to compete in the hardest dog race in the World the Yukon Quest. All of their goals came down to this one race with their Siberian Huskies at their side. I loved this book! I thought Ann, did a great job in explaining their journey. I recommend this book to anyone who has goals or likes books about dog races.