33 YEAR OLD YUKON QUEST Veteran
Nationality:
American
Current Residence:
Fairbanks, Alaska
Occupation(s):
Owner/Guide at Arctic Dog Adventure Co.
Kennel Name:
Alaskan Kennels
Kennel Name Origination:
My grandparents Earl & Natalie Norris established our kennel in Anchorage in 1947. At the time, the Siberians my grandmother brought with her when she moved to Alaska were the first and only registered Siberians in Alaska, hence the name “Alaskan” kennels
Kennel Bloodlines:
Anadyr (Alaskan Kennels)
Breeds:
Siberian Husky
# of Dogs in Kennel:
46 Siberians, 3 Karelian Bear dogs, 1 German Shepherd.
Sponsors:
Arctic Dog Adventure Co: Underdog Feeds; Wind River Bear Institute

Musher Question & Answer

How many years have you been running dogs?
10
Tell us about your dogs, particularly some stories or facts about dogs running the 2022 race with you

For the last years, my dogs have been guiding multi-day dog sled expeditions across Interior Alaska for our business, Arctic Dog Adventure Co.

How did you get started running dogs?
I grew up with parents and grandparents who mushed, but I didn’t seriously pursue dog sledding myself until I graduated from university in 2011. My parents are sprint racers, so to learn how to train a distance team, I moved to Alta, Norway and handled for Roger Dahl, an accomplished Norwegian distance musher. I came back to Alaska in 2012 with my sights set on Iditarod. My parents generously loaned me a pool of dogs to work with, and with those dogs, I qualified and ran Iditarod in 2014, 2015, and 2016.
What do you love most about running sled dogs?

<p>I love how much the dogs love running! Nothing makes them happier, and that makes me happy.</p>

Why did you enter the Yukon Quest? What are your goals for the race?
I entered this race because I want to see 40 Mile Country from the back of a dog sled. My goal for the race is to train up and enter a team of Siberians capable of finishing in good standing.
What music do you listen to on the trail?
List recent sled dog races and/or best performances
Year: 2019; Race: Yukon Quest; Finish Position: Scratched in Dawson
Year: 2016; Race: Iditarod; Finish Position: 65/86
Year: 2016; Race: Copper Basin; Finish Position: 37/47
Year: 2018; Race: Iditarod; Finish Position: 49/78
Year: 2017; Race: Iditarod; Finish Position:48/69