Cody Strathe, 38, was born and raised in Iowa and Wisconsin. He received a BS in Natural Resource Management from the University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point, in 2001. He first came to Alaska in 2001 as a canoe and back country guide. He moved to Fairbanks to go to graduate school for archaeology, where he graduated with a masters in anthropology in 2009. He fell in love with mushing after moving to Fairbanks. He has been working as a sled builder and archeologist for the last 10 years. Cody says, “I am happiest in the outdoors exploring. Dogs have made the journey even more amazing. Racing to win is not the main goal of Squid Acres race program. Our dogs’ health and happiness is our number one priority. Winning with a happy healthy team is possible and is our goal.”
This will be Cody’s rookie year in the Iditarod, but he has completed the Yukon Quest and other mid distance races in Alaska. He began mushing in 2007 and says, “I first became interested in running the Iditarod when I realized I had an awesome team of dogs. They deserve to show what they are made of.”
Cody is married to Paige Drobny, a veteran of the last two Iditarod races.
Information from Iditarod Insider