Iditarod Teaches Lessons in Georgia
This story first appeared in Echo Magazine and was copied onto this blogspot, which was built by Bill Borden for my company. Borden set up DONN LISTON COMPANY with the State of Alaska, along with my Facebook Company page, emails and even my home security system–in a good old fashioned confidence scheme. His team’s apparent goal has been to indenture me now more than 3 years,
As a long-time Independent Alaska Journalist, my stories go where the facts lead me. I have maintained my integrity while Borden has recently tried to silence me and smear me. I believe Borden has committed felony cyber crimes against me and my business.
Alaska has a mystique about it that is easy for a con man to exploit and this story I wrote about him three years ago is authentic. I repost it here to show my sincere attempt to find the best in every person I interview. Given recent developments in which Borden has maliciously hacked my digital platform, and tried to move the business of my name to Georgia, readers may recognize this technique for what it is: exploitation and elder abuse.
With this post I declare this old Alaskan isn’t going down without a fight!
The mystique of Alaska’s annual Iditarod Trail Sled Dog race is worldwide, but one deep-south Outside venue celebrates it year-round in a particularly public manner.
Ultimately Bill Borden finished 53rd on his rookie attempt.
|Today, after 20 years, although he hasn’t owned a dog in more than a decade, Borden still calls himself IditarodMusher on Instagram.|
An Atlanta Realtor team, Borden and his wife Brenda, self-financed this venture through their company, High Caliber Realty, and turned other money contributed to their effort into Cool Dreams Foundation, a non-profit 501(c)3 corporation. The signs in this park are part of their educational outreach which interfaces with Iditarod lesson plans. In addition, Borden talks and shares his Iditarod experiences.
Another sign described the courage necessary for the Iditarod, and another talked about accomplishment: Upon Fisher King’s retirement from racing his last Iditarod, he and his teammates continued to promote education and awareness of this northern sport in local schools and senior centers, spreading the word that through proper planning, perseverance, and faith in God anything is possible.
“This is my favorite,” shared Bill Borden as we approached another marker.
Perseverance—When Fisher King led Kennesaw’s Bill Borden on their Cool Dreams running of The Last Great Race, the run was a culmination of three years of research, training, and preparation that became a test of faith full of excitement and danger. Breaking his gangline just over 200 miles into the race on the Happy River Steps was just one of many tests of Bill’s conviction during the 1,151 mile Iditarod.
After the accident on the steps, Bill was left alone in the remote Alaska wilderness with a broken rib, fractured kneecap, and only two dogs. Calling on his faith and determination, Bill did the only thing available to him; he said a prayer with each step he took, putting one foot in front of the other, making forward progress no matter how small the progress was it was still forward progress. To not have tried, to not have persevered, would have been giving up, and giving up would have been failure.
Bill excruciatingly traveled 12 miles of the trail with just his two wheel-dogs, Lookout and Stroke, to retrieve Fisher King and the rest of the team who had continued down the trail under Fisher’s leadership. It was an adventure full of events worthy of book, television and newspaper coverage, such as a broken sled not once but three times as well as Bill’s own broken bones, open water overflow, temperature extremes to 60 below zero and a coastal snowstorm.
Kennesaw’s Bill Borden persevered to finish the longest sled dog race in the world in just 14 days, 4 hours, 10 minutes and 14 seconds with 13 happy dogs. Bill attributes his success to his faith in God, a very supportive wife, Brenda, a helpful son, Jordan and his resolve to always finish what he starts. We in Alaska may take the Last Great Race for granted, but far away, in the lower 48, hundreds of thousands of school children learn life’s lessons taught from racing on the Iditarod Trail.”
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