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Video test post with captions – TEST

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Alan Eischens

Alan Eischens

Al Eischens has been making and repairing musing equipment for the last four years. It started in 2011 when a young Dallas Seavey asked him to make some gear for his dogs. “We developed a dog coat, which today I understand he still uses, and many other mushers, his dad [Mitch Seavy]. Since then, […]
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Rick Casillo

Rick Casillo

Veteran Rick Casillo is shorthanded. He’s without his wingman – wife Jennifer, who’s been deployed to Africa in support of Operation Enduing Freedom. “This is my second deployment” Casillo says. Her return later this year means more time for mushing, but the paperwork? “My organizational skills have gone down… no question about it.” Casillo says. “and […]
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Steve Watkins

Steve Watkins

Some people seek out adventure on the occasional weekend. Steve Watkins looks for it every day. “There’s nothing like a strong, compelling, physical challenge to get you up and get you motivated,” he says. It’s what led him to the armed forces in 1999. “I never thought I’d serve in a war, much less […]
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Anna Berington

Anna Berington

The Knik 200 is the perfect warm up race for Iditarod athletes, especially with temperatures near -15 Fahrenheit. “Everybody here has a chance to run Iditarod,” says musher Anna Berington. “Some of them have never raced before, so this is like their test run.” Anna is preparing for her fifth Iditarod race, while her identical […]
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Lev Shvarts

Lev Shvarts

There was a time when Lev Shvarts only had one dog, but that didn’t last long. “Dogs are like potato chips, you can’t have just one,” he says. He now has about 30, but he didn’t grow up mushing dogs. “I was born in the Soviet Union, doesn’t exist anymore, good for us all,” […]
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Bryan Bearss

Bryan Bearss

Bryan Bearss, 38, was born and raised in Michigan. He received his B.S. in Outdoor Education from Northland College in Ashland, Wisconsin, in 2000. He first became interested in mushing when he took a dog mushing class while attending Northland College. After graduation, he taught at a residential treatment center in Minnesota and a residential […]
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Scott Janssen

Scott Janssen

Scott Janssen, the “Mushin’ Mortician,” 53, was born and raised in Crookston, Minnesota. He married his high school sweetheart, Debbie, in 1980. He graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1985 with a B.S. degree with a major in Mortuary Science. Scott and Debbie moved to Alaska in June of that year for Scott to […]
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Brent Sass

Brent Sass

2015 Yukon Quest winner, Brent Sass, 35, owner and founder of Wild and Free Mushing, has been racing and training huskies for 12 years. Originally from Excelsior, Minnesota, Sass moved to Alaska in 1998 to “fulfill a lifelong dream of living in Alaska.” He attended the University of Alaska Fairbanks (1998-2002) where he graduated with […]
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Lance Mackey

Lance Mackey

Lance Mackey, 44, was born and raised in Alaska. In 1978, when he was 7, and his dad won the Iditarod, he was at the finish and knew running the Iditarod was what he wanted to do. Lance says, “ I graduated from the School of Hard Knocks.” He has been a kennel and tour […]
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Mitch Seavey

Mitch Seavey

The 2013 Iditarod winner, Mitch Seavey, 54, was born in Minnesota. He moved with his family to Alaska in 1963 and started mushing the same year. His dad raced in the Iditarod in 1973 and Mitch decided to follow in his footsteps. He won the Iditarod in 2004 and again nearly a decade later in […]
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Paul Gebhardt

Paul Gebhardt

Born and raised on a family farm in Minnesota, 57-year-old Paul Gebhardt has taken care of animals his entire life. He moved to Alaska in 1989 and has been raising and racing sled dogs ever since. He’s been in the Iditarod 18 times, been in the top 20 more than a dozen times and placed […]
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Aaron Burmeister

Aaron Burmeister

Born and raised in Nome, Aaron Burmeister, 38, is a lifelong Alaskan and the son of veteran musher Richard Burmeister. He is a certified teacher and general manager of Nome-based Tumet Industries. -Information from Iditarod Insider The post Aaron Burmeister appeared first on KTVA 11.

Aliy Zirkle

Aliy Zirkle

Aliy Zirkle grew up in New Hampshire, Puerto Rico and Missouri. She came to Alaska in 1990 and worked for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The 44-year-old has lived in Two Rivers for the past 16 years and has finished the Iditarod a dozen times. She is married to fellow musher Allen Moore. -Information […]
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Curt Perano

Curt Perano

Curt Perano, 42, was born in New Zealand and raised in Singapore, Europe, the United States and New Zealand. He began running dogs in 2000, and in 2007, moved to Minnesota to handle and work for Jamie Nelson. He and his wife handled for Jamie Nelson for three and a half years. Info from Iditarod […]
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Yuka Honda

Yuka Honda

Yuka Honda, 42, was born and raised in Niigata, Japan. She attended the university in Japan, studying Agriculture Physics. In 1998, she moved to the North West Territory, Canada, where she was a handler for Grant Beck. After watching the Iditarod on television the following year, she began to dream of running the Iditarod. She […]
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Cindy Gallea

Cindy Gallea

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 […]
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Katherine Keith

Katherine Keith

Katherine, 36, was born in Minnesota and lived there until completing high school at which point Katherine decided that it was time to pursue her dream of going to Alaska. She graduated from the University of Alaska, Fairbanks in 2008 with a degree in Renewable Energy Engineering. She had always dreamed of flying a bush […]
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Mike Santos

Mike Santos

Mike Santos, 46, was born in Massachusetts, but says that he was born Alaskan in the wrong state. Mike started working with sled dogs in New England, before he even knew that the Iditarod race existed. Mike has always been fascinated by dogs, particularly the athleticism of sled dogs. After years of learning from dogs […]
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Christine Roalofs

Christine Roalofs

Christine Roalofs, 46, was born in Ohio and raised in Louisville, Kentucky. She received her DMD from the University of Louisville and a certificate in Pediatric Dentistry from Children’s Hospital in Buffalo. In 1999, following completion of her residency, she moved to Wasilla, where she worked as a pediatric dentist for two years. She then […]
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Scott Smith

Scott Smith

Scott Smith, 45, was born in Maine. He attended Unity College and the University of Maine studying fisheries and biology. He began mushing in 1984 and moved to Wyoming where he lived for 11 years and owned and operated a sled do outfitting business. He said he knew he wanted to some day run the […]
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Chuck Schaeffer

Chuck Schaeffer

As a young boy growing up in the small community of Kotzebue, Chuck Schaeffer dished out a lot of dog food. “I tried to hide from all my chores when I was a kid and I’m the only one of my siblings that became a dog musher,” he explains. “Everyone else is smarter than […]
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Allen Moore

Allen Moore

Allen Moore, 57, was born and raised in Northeast Arkansas where he received a degree in Biology from Arkansas State University. He worked as a carpenter and taxidermist there before moving to Alaska over 20 years ago. He says it was too hot in Arkansas so he drove with his family to Alaska. He began […]
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Marcelle Fressineau

Marcelle Fressineau

Marcelle Fressineau, 60, was born in Switzerland. She attended college in Switzerland, where she received a degree in math and science, and worked there as an adventure outfitter for 12 years. She began mushing in 1988 and starting thinking about the Iditarod when she saw a video in 1991 “with these beautiful Alaskan Huskies.” She moved […]
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Jan Steves

Jan Steves

Jan Steves, 58, was born and raised in Edmonds, Washington. In 2009, she moved to Alaska to run dogs and train for the Iditarod. A 1974 graduate of Edmonds High School, she attended the University of Washington. She is currently employed in property management/repairs. She began mushing in 2008 and says she became interested in […]
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Charley Bejna

Charley Bejna

Charley Bejna, 41, self-described adventurer, was born and raised in Addison, Illinois. Charley has owned and operated Charley’s Landscaping Company for 24 years. His attraction to the last frontier began when he first came to Alaska in 1991 with his dad. They toured most of the State together. He participated in the 2007 Iditarod as […]
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Jessie Royer

Jessie Royer

Jessie Royer, 37, was born in Idaho. She grew up on a cattle ranch in Montana where she lived for 21 years. She worked on ranches as a horse wrangler and horse teamster. She says she got her first sled dogs when she was 15. She started learning about dogs from Doug Swingley whom she […]
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Gwenn Bogart

Gwenn Bogart

Gwenn Bogart, 57, was born and raised in Vermont. She has B.S. and B.A. degrees from Colorado Technical University. Gwenn has had professional careers in horsemanship and fly fishing. She co-founded Casting for Recovery (CFR), castingforrecovery.org, an international breast cancer support group headquartered in Manchester, VT, that uses fly fishing for mental and physical healing. […]
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Peter Kaiser

Peter Kaiser

Peter Kaiser, 27, was born and raised in Bethel, Alaska. He graduated from Bethel High School in 2005 and has worked for Knik Construction/Bering Marine for the last two years. “Our family has always had dogs, and I’ve been mushing since I was a kid, says Kaiser.” “Watching the Kuskokwim 300 every January sparked my […]
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Ellen Halverson

Ellen Halverson

Ellen Halverson, 54, was born and raised in North Dakota. She received her degree in Biology and Music Education at Concordia College in Minnesota and then went to medical school in North Dakota. She has been a psychiatrist since 1991. She moved to Alaska in 1998 for a job at the Alaska Guidance Clinic, which […]
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Ray Redington Jr.

Ray Redington Jr.

Ray Redington, Jr., 38, was born and raised in Alaska. The grandson of Iditarod co-founder Joe Redington, Sr. and son of Iditarod veteran Raymie Redington, Ray says that he’s been mushing since he can remember. “Iditarod has always been around my family,” he said. After running the Jr. Iditarod several times, he took a break […]
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Richie Diehl

Richie Diehl

Richie Diehl, 29, was born and raised in Aniak, Alaska. He graduated from the University of Alaska Anchorage in 2008 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Aviation Technology. He’s been working as a carpenter in Aniak the last six years. He says he began mushing “as a kid” and has been racing competitively in […]
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Becca Moore

Becca Moore

Becca Moore, 43, was born in Heidelberg, Germany and raised in Berlin. She went to Colorado State University where she earned a B.S. in Natural Resource Management in 1997. After graduation, she worked for the Army Corps of Engineers in Washington. She started coming to Alaska in 1999 and worked for the Sitka Ranger District. […]
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Kristy Berington

Kristy Berington

The Knik 200 is the perfect warm up race for Iditarod athletes, especially with temperatures near -15 Fahrenheit. “Everybody here has a chance to run Iditarod,” says musher Anna Berington. “Some of them have never raced before, so this is like their test run.” Anna is preparing for her fifth Iditarod race, while her identical […]
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Nathan Schroeder

Nathan Schroeder

Nathan Schroeder, 37, was born and raised in Warba, Minnesota. He graduated from Mesabi Range Community and Technical College in 1999 as a maintenance mechanic. He has worked as a millwright in Local 1348 for the last 15 years. Nathan was introduced to mushing at the age of 12, when he was given a ride […]
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Michelle Phillips

Michelle Phillips

Michelle Phillips, 46, was born and raised in Whitehorse, YT. “After traveling the world for 10 years, I decided to settle down in a small cabin in the Yukon Bush. After living for a few years in the Southern Lakes region of the Yukon, I met my partner, Ed Hopkins. Ed introduced the sport of […]
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Thomas Waerner

Thomas Waerner

Thomas Waerner, 42, was born in England and raised in Norway. He moved to a mountain in Torpa, Synnfjell, in 1991 because it was a perfect place for mushing and he had a cabin there. He had begun mushing in 1984 and had been dreaming about the Iditarod since he was a boy. He has […]
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Paige Drobny

Paige Drobny

Paige Drobny, 40, born in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, says she moved all over growing up. She graduated from Virginia Tech in 1997 with her B.S. in Biology and from UAF in 2008 with her M.S. in Fisheries Oceanography. Before moving to Fairbanks in 2005 for graduate school, she lived in Vermont and was a fisheries […]
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Gerald Sousa

Gerald Sousa

Jerry Sousa, 54, was born in California where he lived until he was 12. He moved to Alaska with his family in 1971 and has been here ever since. He graduated from Susitna Valley High School in Talkeetna, and he attended UAA. He began mushing in 1978, and said he became interested in the Iditarod […]
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Hugh Neff

Hugh Neff

Hugh Neff came to Alaska in 1995 and began mushing just a year later. The 46-year-old was born in Tennessee and grew up in Illinois. He’s a member of Mush with P.R.I.D.E., the IOFC and Tok Dog Mushers Association. -Information from Iditarod Insider
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John Baker

John Baker

John Baker, 51, was born and raised in Kotzebue, Alaska. He began mushing in 1995 and was interested in the Iditarod after watching the race in its early years. He ran his first Iditarod in 1996 and has been in every race since. He has 13 top ten Iditarod finishes, and became the first Iditarod […]
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Jeff King

Jeff King

Jeff King, 58, was born in California. He came to Alaska in 1975 to “seek adventure.” He began mushing in 1976 after he heard Jerry Riley’s race finish while listening to the radio. Jeff has an outstanding race record including a Yukon Quest victory in 1981 and four Iditarod victories. He has three adult daughters, […]
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Isabelle Travadon

Isabelle Travadon

Isabelle Travadon, 53, was born and raised near Paris, France. For the last 30 years, she has been a dog and cat breeder. She moved to the south of France seven years ago because of the dry beautiful weather for breeding! She began mushing in 1990. Isabelle and her husband, Phillipe, are the parents of […]
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Laura Allaway

Laura Allaway

Laura Allaway, 33, was born and raised in Whitefish Bay, a suburb of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She began working with dogs in high school, working at the local humane society. From ages 17 to 25, she worked at a doggy day care in the City. “Wanting to try something new, in 2007, I headed to Alaska […]
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Ken Anderson

Ken Anderson

Ken Anderson, 42, was born in Minnesota. He says he began mushing at age 3 as his parents had a recreational team. When he was in third grade, his father bought him a book on the Iditarod, and he decided to someday compete in the Race. Before moving to Alaska, he attended the University of […]
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Lachlan Clarke

Lachlan Clarke

Lachlan Clarke, 58, was born and raised in Derby, New York. He graduated from Principia College in Illinois in 1979 with a B.A. in History and Business Administration. In 1989, he moved to Colorado to work on ranches with horses, people, and cattle. He has been a horse trainer for 25 years. He began mushing […]
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Rohn Buser

Rohn Buser

Rohn Buser, 25, was born in Alaska. He has mushed all his life. He was the Jr. Iditarod champion in 2007 and ran his first Iditarod the following year. He was also the winner of the Kusko 300 in 2012 and 2014. Rohn comes by mushing naturally. He is the son of four time champion, […]
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Jim Lanier

Jim Lanier

Jim Lanier, 74, was born in Washington, DC and raised in Fargo, North Dakota, where his family moved when he was six years old. After receiving his medical degree from Washington University in St. Louis, he moved to Alaska in 1967 to serve at the Native Hospital with the US Public Health Service. A pathologist […]
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Mark Selland

Mark Selland

Mark Selland, 59, was born and raised in Minot, North Dakota. After receiving his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of North Dakota, he went to medical school, graduating from Washington University in St. Louis in 1983. He moved to Seattle, where he did his residency in internal medicine and while there, developed an interest […]
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Kelly Maixner

Kelly Maixner

When Kelly Maixner arrived in Alaska in 2007, he didn’t waste any time jumping into the Iditarod. “That was my goal right away, I wanted to run Iditarod,” Maixner says. Today he’s married, with a growing family, operates a pediatric dental practice in Wasilla and has a growing team of Alaskan huskies. “Kids and […]
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Yvonne Dabakk

Yvonne Dabakk

Yvonne Dåbakk, 32, was born and raised in Mainz, Germany. She moved to Oslo, Norway, in 2001 to study physics. She received her PhD in Plasma and Space Physics at the University of Oslo, Norway, in 2010. She worked at the University of Oslo, and her husband, Kenneth, worked as a self-employed carpenter. “Since I’ve […]
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Brian Wilmshurst

Brian Wilmshurst

Brian Wilmshurst, 33, of Dawson City, Yukon, began competing in sled dog races in 2009, just one year after stepping on the runners for the first time. Since then, he has run several mid-distance races, and finished three consecutive Yukon Quests, picking up a couple of Vet Care awards and Sportsmanship awards along the way. […]
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Rob Cooke

Rob Cooke

Rob Cooke, 48, was born and raised in Worcester, England. He received his BA and MA in Humanities in the United Kingdom. He was an aircraft engineer in the British Royal Navy. He started running Siberian Huskies in 1992 and did dry land sprint racing in the UK until 2005. He moved to North America […]
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Martin Buser

Martin Buser

Born in Winterthur, Switzerland in 1958, Martin became fascinated with sled dogs while still a teen. He came to Alaska in 1979 to enhance his knowledge of care and training of sled dogs. He began working and training with long-time Alaskan mushers Earl and Natalie Norris and ran his first Iditarod in 1980. Martin and […]
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Jason Campeau

Jason Campeau

Jason Campeau, 40, was born and raised in Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA. He graduated from the University of New Brunswick with a BA under an athletic scholarship playing hockey. In 1998 his team won the national championship. Growing up as a hockey player, Jason never really got the opportunity to try dog sledding, but always had […]
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Trent Herbst

Trent Herbst

Trent Herbst, 44, was born and raised in Wisconsin. He completed his education at University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse with a major in elementary education and has been a teacher ever since. He became interested in the Iditarod while teaching in Switzerland when his students wanted to hear all about the Iditarod Race. He began mushing in […]
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Christian Turner

Christian Turner

Christian Turner, 26, was born and raised in Dorrigo, Australia, where it never snowed. He began mushing in 2008. He says, “I have thought about the Iditarod since the first day I stood on the runners in Banff National Park.” One of only a handful of Australians who know what dog sled racing is, let […]
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Zoya DeNure

Zoya DeNure

Zoya DeNure, 38, was born and raised in Wisconsin. As a young girl, she traveled the world as a fashion model, walking the runways in Milan, Italy and Shanghai, China. After 12 years in the field, Zoya was ready for a change. Soon after returning home from Italy, she bought a Siberian Husky named Ethan […]
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Timothy Hunt

Timothy Hunt

Tim Hunt, 49, was born and raised in the Detroit, Michigan area. He graduated from Michigan State University in 1989 with a degree in Veterinary Medicine and has served as a veterinarian on the Iditarod Race. He says he moved to Marquette to start his veterinary practice because it was “north.” He began mushing in […]
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Wade Marrs

Wade Marrs

Wade Marrs, 24, was born and raised in the Knik area outside of Wasilla, Alaska. He started running dogs in 1996 and first ran the Jr. Iditarod in 2007, and his first Iditarod in 2009. He’s been a tour guide for the last six years. He says, “We have been running dogs most of my […]
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Lisbet Norris

Lisbet Norris

(Video and story from 2014) Whether it’s working for the family feed business or mushing, Lisbet Norris knew her trail would always lead back to Alaska. At 26, she’s the youngest competitor in this year’s Iditarod. “I’m such a rookie,” Norris said. “Even though I’m from a mushing family, I’m still a rookie. I really […]
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Dallas Seavey

Dallas Seavey

Winner of the 2014 Iditarod, Dallas Seavey, 26, was born in Virginia and moved to Seward when he was 5. He’s a third-generation musher and became the youngest musher in history to run the Iditarod in 2005. Seavey won the Yukon Quest in 2011 and the Iditarod in 2012 becoming the youngest Iditarod champion ever. […]
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