As I kid remember watching the U.P. 200 teams run along the trail behind my house, which is what sparked my interest in sled dogs. My parents found a local musher to help mentor me and through them I got my first sled dogs, Cona and Blazz; that was eighteen years ago. Since then, I’ve volunteered and helped organize local races in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, dog handled for mid-distance mushers, and completed several races. My best finish in a race was seventh place in the Jack Pine 30. Now I plan to focus on long distance racing with the goal of running the U.P. 200 and Iditarod in the near future. This past winter I got closer to my Iditarod goal by working at Dallas Seavey’s kennel, who is an Iditarod Champion. I even had the opportunity to run on the whip sled at the Iditarod ceremonial start in Anchorage with another Iditarod musher.
Look for me in two to three years in the Iditarod start making my rookie run.