Allow Jim Lanier to mush in the 2020 Iditarod

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Jim Lanier first ran the Iditarod Sled Dog Race in 1979 and has competed in every decade since. He has long been a booster of dog mushing in general and the Iditarod in particular. He has also been responsible for developing many young mushers over the years, including one who has finished in the top 10 in five of the past seven races. Jim is one of the "characters" of the sport who detailed some of his more interesting experiences in a book, "Beyond Ophir."

Jim's reputation is that of a true professional who puts the health and well-being of his dogs above all, and he keeps himself fit and healthy. Indeed, most people are astonished when they learn his age, as his physical condition rivals that of men 20 years his junior.

This year a small screening committee rejected Jim's application to compete in the 2020 Iditarod, turning him down without so much as the opportunity to state his case or answer questions. Our petition is to implore Iditarod Officials and the Board of Directors to overrule the tiny committee's decision and allow Jim Lanier and his team back on the trail for the 2020 Iditarod.