Kristin Bacon, 43, was born in Youngstown, Ohio. She came to Alaska in early 1999 to work with Providence Children’s Hospital. There she met a mentoring doctor who introduced her to his sled dog team.
After helping out at the doctor’s kennel, Bacon volunteered at the Skwentna checkpoint during the 2003 Iditarod. She eventually started her own sled dog team and began mushing in 2011.