2.DeeDee Jonrowe
DeeDee Jonrowe, 57, was born in Frankfort Germany while her father was in the military.The family moved to Alaska in1971 where her dad was stationed at Ft. Richardson.DeeDee has a B.S. degree in Biological Sciences and Renewable Resources and now lists her occupation as kennel owner and dog racer.

3.Ray Redington Jr.
Ray Redington, Jr., 35, was born and raised in Alaska. The grandson of Iditarod co-founder, Joe Redington, Sr. and son of Iditarod veteran, Raymie Redington.After running the Jr. Iditarod several times, he took a break from mushing. He began racing again in 2000.

4.Trent Herbst
Trent Herbst, 40, was born and raised in Wisconsin.Trent graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Lacrosse with a major in Elementary Education. He became interested in the Iditarod while teaching in Switzerland.He began mushing in 2005.

5.Allen Moore
Allen Moore, 52, was born in Arkansas where he received his college degree. He worked as a carpenter and taxidermist there before moving to Alaska almost 20 years ago. He began mushing about sixteen years ago and had competed in sprint races and in many mid distance races around the state before he ran his first Iditarod in 2007.

6.Newton Marshall
Twenty-seven year old Jamaican, Oswald "Newton" Marshall began mushing in 2005 after an operations manager at Chukka Cove, saw something special in Newton and handpicked him to look after a trio of new dogs at Chukka Cove Farm. Newton's exuberance and special way with animals propelled him on a journey to the snow and great outdoors to train with huskies.In 2010 he became the first Jamaican to ever finish the Iditarod. He is returning for the 2011 Race. Newton says that his hobbies are listening to reggae music, hiking, and travelling.

7.Kristy Berington
Kristy Berington, age 26, was born and raised in Northern Wisconsin.This is Kristy's fourth season running dogs and racing in Alaska, and her third year working for Paul and Evy Gebhardt in Kasilof.Moving here to Alaska three years ago, Kristy was able to see her dream, running the Iditarod, come true, thanks to Paul and Evy Gebhardt and the donations of many sponsors

8.Kris Hoffman
Kris Hoffman was born in Sioux Falls, SD and attended the University of Minnesota, Morris. In search of adventure and the great out of doors he moved to Steamboat in 1996 where he spent winters skiing and summers travelling around guiding backpacking, kayaking, and climbing trips. In 2000 he started mushing and life has gone to the dogs ever since. For the last ten years he has owned Grizzle-T Dog & Sled Works. He love being able to go to work everyday with my best friends, the dogs and my wife.

9. Zoya DeNure:
Zoya DeNure, 34, was born and raised in Black River Falls, Wisconsin. She worked as an International runway model for twelve years, working in such place as Shanghai, China, and Milan, Italy. On one of her trips back home, she watched a sled dog demonstration; fascinated by these amazing animals, she quit her job and trekked to Alaska in search of her new destiny.

10. Robert Bundtzen:
Robert Bundtzen, 61, grew up in Anderson (after moving to Alaska from New Mexico in1960) where he used a small dog team while trapping. After obtaining a degree from UAF, an M.D. from the University of Washington and training in infectious diseases at the University of Wisconsin, he returned to Alaska to establish a consultative infectious disease practice in Anchorage in 1984.

11. Martin Buser:
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.

12. Melissa Owens:
Melissa Owens, 21, was born in Nome and has spent her whole life there. She said she began mushing "as soon as she could walk. Her family had a team and her dad ran Iditarod the year she was born.

13. Bruce Linton:
Bruce Linton, 48, was born in New York City and was raised in the suburbs of Philadelphia.In 1998, he began mushing and soon after started a dog sled touring business called Green Mountain Dog Sled Adventures.

14. Nicolas Petit:
Nicolas Petit, 31, is currently the dog handler at fellow musher, Jim Lanier’s Northern Whites Kennel. Nick’s passion for dogs and sledding started while he was in diapers.Nick moved to Alaska in 2000, and adopted his first Husky shortly there after. During a visit to Wyoming, Nick went on his first dogsled trip and immediately got "hooked".

15. Bob Storey:
Bob Storey, 65, was born and raised in New Zealand. He graduated from the Royal Military College of Duntoon, Australia, in 1968 and followed that with New Zealand army officer training.Bob is now retired and moved to Willow, Alaska, in 2009 to prepare for the 2011 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. He ran numerous dry land and sled dog races in New Zealand since beginning mushing in 2001 and since his arrival in Alaska, has completed his qualifiers as well as several other races.

16. Jodi Bailey:
Jodi Bailey is 42 years old and was born in Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts. She went to Emory University in Atlanta. She earned her BA in Theater and Anthropology. Jodi began mushing in 1995 and says that "over the past few years, I have been setting new goals for myself, working up to this." she also says " The historic nature of trail of course interests m,e, and i work with people who live in some of the communities along the trails

17.Lance Mackey
,Lance Mackey 40, was born and raised in Alaska. The back to back four time Iditarod champion and four time Yukon Quest champion (and current record holder) says he began mushing "at birth."

18 Aliy Zirkle
Aliy Zirkle, 41, was born in New Hampshire. She spent her childhood in New Hampshire, Puerto Rico, and Missouri. She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in Biology and came to Alaska in 1990, where she lived in a wall tent on the Alaskan Peninsula and worked for the United States Fish and Wildlife Service. She's lived in Two Rivers for the last 14 years and says she "enjoys the community and the surrounding wild lands."

19. Angie Taggart
Angie Taggart, 36, was born in Idaho and grew up in Ketchikan, Alaska, where the family moved when she was five years old because of jobs

20. Kelley Griffin
Kelley Griffin, 50, was born in Minnesota and raised in Alaska.She graduated from West Anchorage High School, now known as West High.She has finished the Yukon Quest six times and the Iditarod twice

21. Dallas Seavey
Dallas Seavey, 24, was born in Virginia and his family moved to Seward when he was five.
Dallas is a third generation musher who grew up helping his dad, Mitch, the 2004 Iditarod champion, train his racing teams. He ran the Jr. Iditarod four times and in 2005, Dallas became the youngest musher in history to run the Iditarod.

Magnus Kaltenborn, 21, was born in Lillehammer, Norway and lived there the first 18 years of his life. The outdoors was always a big part of his childhood, and "I am forever grateful for that. One day, as a 12 year old, it popped into my head that running dogs would be pretty cool. Pretty soon I got in touch with several mushers.

Hans Gatt, 52, grew up on a farm in Austria. He ran the farm from age 26 and bred award winning dairy cows

24. Billy Snodgrass:
Billy Snodgrass, 54, was born and raised on a ranch in central Wyoming. Later he moved to the Dubois area because, he says, "the mountains were bigger when I was 20." He says, "I've always been a Wyoming cowboy." He began mushing in 1982 and used dog teams to get into his ranch.

Tom Thurston:
He has been training sled dogs for 10 years now and began racing in2006. We have completed the 350 mile Race to the Sky three times and the Seeley Lake 200 two times, winning each race once.
26. Ellen Halverson:
Ellen Halverson, 50, 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. Ellen has been a psychiatrist for the last 19 years.
27. Mike Santos:
Mike Santos, 42, was born and raised in Ludlow, Massachusetts.He moved to Alaska in 2005 to run dogs.Mike says that he's been a dog musher "forever."He has run some mid distance races but says he has "spent a lot more time training than racing."Mike says that there is "no time for hobbies."
28. Mike Seavy:
Mike Seavy, 51, was born in Minnesota and moved with his family to Alaska in1963. He graduated from high school in Seward and wrestled for Pacific University in Forest Grove Oregon. He began mushing in 1963.
29. Judy Currier:
Judy Currier, 46, was born in New Hampshire and graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 1984 with a degree in Business Administration. She was inspired by Libby Riddles' and Susan Butchers' achievements in 1982 and in 1992, she and her husband, Devan, began mushing and quickly realized that their destiny was to live in Alaska.

30. Ramey Smyth:
Ramey Smyth, 35, was born and raised in Alaska, the son of Iditarod veterans Bud Smyth and the late Lolly Medley. He has lived all over the state and says he moved to Willow to put down roots and build a home for his wife and daughter.
31. Sebastian Schnuelle:
Sebastian Schnuelle, 40, was born in Wuppertal, Germany. After studying Environmental Engineering in Germany he moved to Canada in 1996 "in search of adventure." Sebastian started out in Ontario but then moved to the Yukon in 1997. First working as a motor home rental agent, he then opened his tour business, Blue Kennels, which he now runs full time year round.
32. Scott Janssen:
Scott Janssen, the "Mushing Mortician," 49, was born and raised in Crookston, Minnesota. He graduated from the University of Minnesota with a B.S. degree with a major in Mortuary Science in 1985 and moved to Alaska in June of that year to work as a mortician at Evergreen Memorial Chapel. He has been a mortician and funeral home owner for the last 26 years.
33. Gerry Willomitzer:
Gerry Willomitzer, 41, was born in Bavaria, Germany and immigrated to Canada in 1996. He is now a Canadian citizen. Gerry is multiple Yukon Quest and Iditarod finisher and in 2007 finished both the Yukon Quest (3rd place) and his first Iditarod. He has received Humanitarian Awards in the Yukon Quest, Copper Basin and twice in the Percy de Wolfe. The 2011 Iditarod will be his 10th 1000 mile race.
34. Paul Gebhardt:
Paul Gebhardt, 54, was born and raised in Minnesota and came to Alaska in 1989 "to escape the rat race of the Lower 48 states. "I moved to Alaska in 1984. I love to hunt and travel in the mountains of Alaska. I believe this is truly God's country. I love to watch nature at its best, whether it is on horseback or with my dog team! I began mushing in 1992. I have bred up my own dog team for many years, now from the Red Dog line.
35. Hugh Neff:
Hugh Neff, 43, was born in Tennessee. He grew up in Evanston, Illinois and attended Loyola Academy and the University of Illinois. Before moving to Alaska in 1995, Hugh worked as a golf caddy in Evanston, Illinois. He says that he moved to Alaska "running down a dream."

36. Jessica Hendricks:

Jessica Hendricks, 28, was born and raised in Alaska. She graduated from North Pole High School. Jessica began mushing when she was nine years old. She ran the Jr. Iditarod when she was in high school. This will be her fourth Iditarod. Jessica lists her hobbies as dogs, horses, and hunting.

37. Karin Hendrickson:
Karin Hendrickson, 40, was born and raised in California. "My mom had been coming to Alaska to volunteer for the Iditarod since 1998, long before I knew a thing about sled dogs or how they would take over my life. In 2002, she talked me into coming up to volunteer. I returned to volunteer again in 2003 and that is when I knew my future.

38. Wattie McDonald:
Wattie McDonald, 45, was born and raised in Scotland. "I began with our first Siberian husky in 1999 and quickly became addicted to sled dog racing. After dreaming of Iditarod for many years, Wendy and I decided t o celebrate 25 years of wedded bliss by watching the start of the 2008 Iditarod, and from that day, Iditarod became a ‘must' for me.

39. Mcihelle Phillips:
Michelle Phillips, 42, was born and raised in Whitehorse, YT. Growing up she was a competitive figure skater. As a young adult, she traveled the world until she decided to stay in the Yukon. "Meeting my partner, Ed Hopkins, 13 years ago sparked my interest in mushing. Once I started mushing, I became addicted. We have become a dog mushing family. We work with our dogs year round."

G.B. Jones, 62, was born and raised in Utah.
He moved to Alaska in 1976 for the "unspoiled wilderness."
He began mushing in 2001 and ran his first Iditarod in 2002.

Michael Williams, Jr., 26, was born and raised in Alaska. Michael says, "I am Yupik Eskimo and I have lived in rural Alaska all of my life. My dogs are mainly Alaskan huskies. My reason for entering the Iditarod is...well, it has been a dream of mine to run the Iditarod.

Lachlan Clarke, 53, was born and raised in Derby, New York. He graduated from Principia College in Illinois in 1979 with a B.A. in History & Business Administration. In 1989, he moved to Colorado to work on ranches with horses, people, and cattle. He has been a horse trainer for 20 years.

Ken Anderson, 38, was born in Minnesota. Ken says he began mushing at age 3 because his parents had a recreational team. When he was in sixth grade, his father bought him a book on the Iditarod and he decided to someday compete in the race.

Brennan Norden, 37, was born and raised in the state of Washington.
He moved to Alaska in April of 2001 and he isn't sure why other than "wanting to living the Alaskan dream!"
Brennan began mushing in 2002 and has been a dog musher and a river guide for the last seven years. He has run the Tustumena, the Sheep Mountain 150, the Gin Gin, the Klondike, and other Alaska mid distance races
Sven Haltmann, 33, came to Alaska in 2001 to look for new challenges and opportunities. He for sure found them. He lives with his girlfriend, Jamie Klaes, north of Fairbanks. Together they operate Himalaya Racing Kennel with their 40 sled dogs.

Paul Johnson, 53, was born and raised in Alaska. He moved from St. Michael to Unalakleet in 1964 to be close to family while attending Covenant High School and has lived in Unalakleet ever since. After graduating as valedictorian from high school, he attended UAA four years in the School of Business and Finance

Kurt Barnum, 42, was born and raised in California. He began mushing in 1995, and in 1999, he moved to Montana to run dogs. He says that after racing some good mushers in Wyoming, I wanted to run the Iditarod."

Cain Carter, 19, was born in Palmer, Alaska. He began mushing when he was 13 when he came to live with his step dad, Lance Mackey. He has completed and won the Jr. Iditarod and completed a number of mid distance races around Alaska.

Rick Swenson, 60, was born in Minnesota. He moved to Alaska in 1973 to mush dogs. He is the only five-time winner of the Iditarod. He belongs to Mush with P.R.I.D.E., the Iditarod where he serves on the Board of Directors, and the Alaska Miners. Rick is the father of three, Kristen, Andy and Kevin.

Heather Siirtola, 33, was born and raised in North Dakota and later moved to Steamboat, Colorado to find sled dogs. She ran sled dog tours at Red Runner Dog Tours and ran a few short races and "was hooked." In September of 2003, she moved to Alaska to handle for Jerry Sousa and Kathleen Holden

Robert Nelson, 42, was born and raised in Kotzebue. He graduated from the University of Oregon in 1995 with a B.S. degree in Economics and Political Science. "My kennel is located some 20 miles outside of Kotzebue, a place called Fish Creek. I train with my dad, Louie, as well as with Ed Iten and John Baker, who also have their cabins nearby.

Sonny Lindner, 61, was born in Michigan on Christmas Eve. He came to Alaska in 1970 and attended the University of Alaska at Fairbanks where he graduated in 1972. He began mushing in the early 70's and became interested in the Iditarod in 1976 when he had friends having fun running the race.

John Baker, 48, 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.

Peter Kaiser, 23, was born and raised in Bethel, Alaska. He graduated from Bethel High School in 2005 and has worked on a tug boat for the Bering Marine Corps for the last two years.

Kelly Maixner, 35, was born and raised in North Dakota. After receiving his dental degree, Kelly came to Alaska for a residence three years ago and decided to stay. He is a pediatric dentist in Wasilla. Kelly began mushing right after he arrived in Alaska and started thinking about running the Iditarod immediately. He has competed in several mid distance races and a number of sprint races in the last three years.

Ed Stielstra, 39, and his wife, Tasha, own and operate a dog sled touring business and racing kennel in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. He was born and raised in Ludington, and graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelor of Science degree and then from Lyman Briggs University in biology

James Bardoner, 62, was born and raised in Pennsylvania. He received his B.S. in chemistry at the University of Miami in 1977 and his M.D. in 1983 at Central Escuela Tecnica. He has been practicing medicine since 1990 in Chattanooga, Tennessee. He says, "As the father of nine children, I have tried to raise them with the philosophy that they should dare to dream and have the courage to live their dreams. I have been dreaming of running the Iditarod since we stopped at

Jessie Royer, 34, 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 & horse teamster. She says she got her first sled dogs when she was 15. She started learning about dogs from Doug Swingley whom she worked with for a couple of years. She had dogs in Montana seven years before moving to Alaska in the spring on 1998. She now has a kennel north of Fairbanks with 65 dogs

Cim Smyth, 34, was born in Alaska and is the son of Iditarod veteran "Bud" Smyth. Cim says he's been mushing "since I was big enough to stand on a sled." He lists his occupation as "dog driver." His hobbies and interests include horses, soccer and reading. He is married to Corrine.

Matt Giblin, 40, was born in Massachusetts. He became attracted to mushing after seeing it on television and began mushing in Colorado in 1992 when he worked as a tour guide. He came to Alaska in 1996 and ran the Iditarod in 1998.

He has been mushing for 17 years and ran his first Iditarod in 1998. Matt works as General Manager of Alaska Icefield Expeditions. During the summer season, he offers a closer look at mushing, giving tours in Skagway with Gold Rush Tours.

62.Gerald Sousa
He moved to Alaska with his family in 1971 and has been here ever since, graduating from Susitna Valley High School in Talkeetna and attended UAA. He began mushing in 2000 and said he became interested in the Iditarod by listening to KHAR radio reports on the Race.

Justin Savidis
In 2004, Justin, 36, and his wife, Rebecca, packed their worldly belongings into a truck and a trailer (complete with a rocking chair strapped to the top) and moved to Willow, Alaska, to follow a job offer, and more importantly, to chase down a dream of running dogs.