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 Iditarod “as soon as I stepped on the runners.” So, in 2005, he packed up his dogs and moved to Alaska to “train and race dogs.”

“After a six year absence from the race, I am looking forward to getting back on the Iditarod Trail with a beautiful, competitive dog team, bred, born and raised at our RDR Kennels in Willow, Alaska,” he says. “Although absent from the Iditarod since 2008, we have continued racing competitively throughout Alaska in the 2012 Kusko 300, the 2012 Paul Johnson 450, the 2012 Kobuk 440, and the 2013 Yukon Quest. I feel honored to be driving the dog team I will have in front of me and anticipate competing with the best teams from around the globe. The team and I will also be making a run in this year’s Yukon Quest.”

Scott is currently employed in the gas and oil industry. He lists his hobbies as work, hunting and fishing.

-Info from the Iditarod Insider

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