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Vi Redington, widow of Joe Redington Sr., stands next to the life-size, bronze memorial statue of her late husband. The statue, titled "Father of the Iditarod," was unveiled at the Iditarod Trail Committee headquarters Saturday in Wasilla. The Friends of Joe Redington Sr. raised $35,000 for the statue, carved by Joan Bugbee Jackson. The group presented the statue to the Iditarod Trail Committee on what would have would have been Redington's 86th birthday. Redington, who is credited with starting the Iditarod Trial Sled Dog Race, died of cancer in 1999.