Meet Leonardo Alonso, traveling MT extraordinaire! A graduate from the University of
Nevada, Leo loves to meet new people, experience new things, and travel. He knew early on that he wanted to be a traveling medical technologist, so when the time was right – he contacted us here at TRS for his very first traveling assignment! This assignment took Leo to Nome, Alaska, home to the finish line of the world famous Iditarod – a 1000+ mile sled-dog race that begins in Anchorage, Alaska. As luck would have it, Leo’s assignment put him in Nome during the Iditarod and he was able to attend the event and get some great pictures. Below are some questions we asked Leo about his experience:

How did you feel when you heard that you would be going to Nome, Alaska?

I was so excited. I started reading and watching everything I could about Nome. As I was doing my research, I discovered the Iditarod and that it would be going on while I was there. I immediately made plans to attend.

What was it like being in Nome during the Iditarod?

It was fun and a little crazy! All during the first week we would track the sledders online to determine where they were on the course and who was in first place. As the weeks progressed, the town became overrun by people and dogs. There was barking and howling everywhere. As sledders began to cross the finish line, the sirens would sound and people would rush down to the course to greet the sledder and his dogs coming in.

What was your favorite part of the race?

My favorite part – A friend from out of town and myself met up with a few locals and drove to where the leader of the race – Dallas Seavey – was on the course and followed him to the finish line.

Did you have a “favorite” you were hoping would win?

Yes, I was hoping that the second place winner – Aliy Zirkle – would win. She was in first place for most of the race, had entered the race every year for the last ten years and was a co-worker’s mom.

Did you get to meet the winners?

Oh yes! I went to the Sunday banquet, bought the t-shirt and had both the first place winner, Dallas Seavey and second place winner, Aliy Zirkle sign it!

Would you do it again?

Absolutely! The Iditarod was my Mardi Gras this year! I had so much fun and I love the people here in Nome. They are friendly, courteous and always happy to see you.

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