Cindy Gallea, 63, grew up on a farm in Minnesota where she experienced the pleasure of the outdoors and the good feeling of interacting with animals. She graduated from the University of Washington in 1990 with a Master’s degree in nursing. She has worked as a nurse practitioner for the last 24 years.

“I started running dogs recreationally in 1986 and went on to run my first race in 1991 in Montana,” says Gallea. “My passion for running dogs grew steadily leading me to running Iditarod for the first time in 1998. I love running the Iditarod. I will always love the Iditarod because of the joy and challenge of running dogs through Alaska, working with my dog team, and the pleasure of being part of the Iditarod family. This year, after having to pull out early last year due to my being ill, I am especially eager to be on the trail and work with my team to get to Nome.”

Cindy is the mother of two adult sons: Iditarod veteran, Jim, who still participates as a race official during the Iditarod, and Brian. She lists her hobbies as bicycling, hiking, canoeing, politics, and justice/peace issues.

-Info from the Iditarod Insider

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