Dee Dee Jonrowe is an owner and who is a three-time runner up in the , and holds the fastest time ever recorded for a woman. She is a very popular figure in the , and her completion of the 1,049-mile+ (1,600+ km) race in 2003 just three weeks after completing for received widespread .
In 1978, DeeDee Jonrowe competed in her first dog sled race, the Women's in Anchorage. She has competed in many dog sled races, including the Iditarod (which she won in 2001), the , and the .
Jonrowe competed in her first Iditarod in 1980, and again in 1981, 1983, 1984, and then in every race since 1987 for a total of 23 races and 22 finishes. In 1988, she placed in the top 10 for the first time (9th), and has placed in the top 10 a total of 13 times. While she has never won the race, she was the 2nd place finisher in three races (1996, 1993, and 1998). Her 1998 finish in second place with a time of 9 days, 8 hours, 26 minutes, and 10 seconds is the fastest time recorded for a woman. She is the only musher who competed in both the Iditarod and the for three straight years (1992, 1993, and 1994). She has won a total of 335,804.
She is most widely known because of the publicity surrounding three setbacks. In 1996, an outside killed her grandmother, and both Jonrowe and her husband were . She trained while recovering from her injuries, and placed 4th in the 1997 Iditarod. A more minor incident was a dog mutiny on the in 1999. While racing the Iditarod, her dogs refused to go into a strong head and she was forced to scratch for the first time. She was forced to scratch in the 2007 Iditarod after suffering from hand and other injuries after sustaining a fall near the Rainy Pass checkpoint.
In July 2002, Jonrowe was diagnosed with . Three weeks after completing , she competed in the Iditarod, placing 18th. The story was widely publicized, and in 2003 she won the Most Inspirational Musher Award, and was named the honorary chair of the 's Relay for Life.
Dog mushing in Alaska can be hazardous. According to Women Warriors (2004) Jonrowe said, "I've had back surgery, frozen my shoulder, broken my hand…I think I've had every single cold related injury. I haven't had any amputations, but I have had severe on my fingers, cheeks and nose. I even frostbit my some years ago". [[Category:Mushers]]