After a total of 16 years over two separate periods, Marti Steury has made the decision to step down from her role with the Yukon Quest 1,000 Mile International Sled Dog Race.
Steury first signed on as Executive Director in 1983, and was in charge of four races before travelling the trail as a reporter in 1988. In August of 2009, Steury picked right back up with the organization in the same position. For Steury, timing is everything. With the 2020 race almost wrapped up and preparations beginning for the 2021 race, she feels this is the best time to step away and allow someone with new ideas to go forward.
“First, and foremost, I would like to thank the organization for the opportunity and privilege to have spent so many years producing the event we all love, the Yukon Quest,” said Steury. “Due to major family health issues, I’m not able to continue to commit the time required of this role, but I look forward to still being a lifetime member and volunteer as the organization grows into the future.”
New faces, new ideas and new energy are always appreciated and welcomed in the organization and Steury feels assured that others are able to step in, wishing them the greatest success.
“Marti has done so much for this organization throughout her years in the Executive Director position,” states John Dixon, President of the Alaska Board of Directors. “We have valued her historical knowledge of the race, the relationships she has with the community, and her positive attitude in the office. She will absolutely be missed and we wish her well in all her future plans.”
“It’s an exciting prospect to try something new and I’m going to enjoy the experience of seeing what other employment opportunities are out there for me,” shares Steury. “One thing is certain – I am a big fan of this race and will be tuning in like the rest of the world, come February 2021.”
This announcement comes before the Annual General Meeting in Alaska, scheduled for May 30, 2020, where two newly-appointed and three new board members will be elected for three-year terms on the Alaska Board of Directors. Applications will be accepted until May 15. The Yukon Board of Directors is accepting applications until May 29. Applications are available here.