ANCHORAGE- Nicolas Petit arrived in the United States from France when he was 12 years old.
He spent time in New Mexico.
In 2000 he came to Alaska and in 2011 he entered the world of the Iditarod.
“In 2011 I just volunteered to help Jim Lanier because I wanted to help anybody that would take my help because I wanted spend time with dogs,” Petit said. “Jim’s hip needed a replacement and one day I show up at the kennel and he tells me, ‘Well, Nick how would you feel about doing the Iditarod this year?’ I said, ‘Whoa, ok, let’s go.’”
Iditarod 42 is Petit’s fourth race.