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Cindy Abbott Completes the Last Great Race

March 25, 2015

After three attempts, Cal State Fullerton health science lecturer and alumna Cindy Abbott '93, '96 (B.A. physical education, M.S. kinesiology) completes the Iditarod, a grueling 1,000-mile dogsled race known as the Last Great Race on Earth®. The race kicked off in Anchorage, Alaska March 7.

Abbott, who successfully climbed Mount Everest in 2010, scratched from the Iditarod in both 2013 and 2014. This year, Abbott was more determined than ever to complete the race in order to help raise awareness for the National Organization of Rare Disorders.

The proud Titan crossed the finish line in Nome, Alaska, after 13 days, 11 hours, 19 minutes and 51 seconds. Abbott extinguished the Widow's Lamp (an Iditarod tradition) that had been lit at the start of the race, signifying she was the final musher.

In recognition of her determination, Abbott received the Wells Fargo Red Lantern for Perseverance.

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