Once she starts, she's on her own. She is not allowed to receive any assistance--verbal or otherwise. She has to care for her dogs, feeds them, melt snow for water, plus feed herself.
If you're reading this, cheer for Ashley and follow the race progress at http://jriditarod.com/ Also at this site, you"ll find racer photos, the rules of the race, and much more.
Ashley informed her parents at age six that this is what she wanted to do, and her interest has not lessened but increased. She attends school in Seward, which means two hours of her day is the long bus ride into town. She's an honor student and all her dog training is done after hours and on weekends.
There are a lot of people who believe in Ashley and I'm one of them. I can't tell you how proud of her I am.