Mary Shields was one of two women to be the first to participate in the Iditarod Trail Race in 1974, and the first to finish the Iditarod. She placed 23rd then. Her first race experience came shortly after she came to Alaska. In October some friends of hers let her borrow 3 of their dogs and a sled for her to use in hauling water and firewood. From this experience she learned a love for dogs and mushing.
Libby Riddles - 1985 - First woman to win the Iditarod.
Libby Riddles was the first: she won the 1985 Iditarod race. Susan Butcher was the second woman to win it, in 1986.
Yes and the first woman to win the iditarod was libby riddles
Libby Riddles was the first woman to win the Iditarod, but Susan Butcher was close behind.
No Libby Riddles was. Aliy was the first woman to win the Yukon Quest.
The Iditarod received more attention outside of the state after the 1985 victory of Libby Riddles, a long shot who became the first woman to win the race. Susan Butcher became the second woman to win the race and went on to win three more years.