June 19, 2018

Musher Details

2018 Iditarod » Mushers » Meredith Mapes

Meredith Mapes

Bib Number: 16
Hometown: Palmer, Alaska


Biography

Meredith Mapes, 24, was born in Texas but her family moved to Alaska when she was a baby because “her parents didn’t want to raise her in a big city.” The owner and head poop scooper at Fun On The Run Kennel, was raised in Alaska and has been around sled dogs for most of her life. First introduced to sled dogs at age 6 through Girl Scouts, she ran the Willow Winter Carnival 1-dog race, and won by only 1/5 of a second. From then on she was hooked, and competed in a variety of 1-dog races the next season before taking a break from mushing for a few years. At age 12 she was gifted with her first two sled dogs, which came from Mitch Seavey’s kennel. That fall she was gifted with two more dogs from musher Sue Allen, and Fun On The Run Kennel was born. The kennel continued to grow the next year, and she trained her own team for her first big mid-distance sled dog race – the 2008 Junior Iditarod, finishing 14th. Everything changed for Meredith when her dog team was hit by a snowmachine during the Aurora 50/50 in December 2008. Her two main lead dogs were injured, and she was shaken up but uninjured. She competed in the Junior Iditarod finishing 8th that year, but her heart wasn’t really in it anymore. After high school Meredith officially called herself retired from sled dog racing, and started college. She was offered a job working in Seward, Alaska at Seavey’s IdidaRide Sled Dog Tours, and had a blast working with sled dogs again. Within the first week she said she’d be running the Iditarod in just a few years, and blames Danny Seavey for offering her the job and getting her back into dog mushing (and continuing to feed her mushing addiction). She graduated from college in May 2016 with a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre with an emphasis on Dance. She’s excited to be running dogs from her own kennel in the 2018 Iditarod. Meredith lists her hobbies as “hiking, biking, kayaking and camping.”

Sponsors

Mom & Dad
Seavey's IdidaRide
Planet Earth Adventures/Albert Marquez
Gail Somerville

Alaska Back Country Access
Trisha/Richard Plack
Dr Brent Taylor MD
Embark Veterinary


2018 Standings

Checkpoint Time In Dogs In Time Out Dogs Out Rest Time Previous Layover Status Distance
Enroute Time Speed (mph) 8hr 24hr
Willow 3/04 14:28:00 16
Yentna 3/04 18:37:00 16 3/04 23:07:00 16 4h 30m 4h 9m 10.12 42
Skwentna 3/05 02:15:00 16 3/05 02:19:00 16 0h 4m 3h 8m 9.57 30
Finger Lake 3/05 12:19:00 16 3/05 12:31:00 15 0h 12m 10h 0m 4.00 40
Rainy Pass 3/05 16:56:00 15 3/06 02:58:00 14 10h 2m 4h 25m 6.79 30
Rohn 3/06 07:09:00 14 3/06 16:24:00 14 9h 15m 4h 11m 8.37 35
Nikolai 3/07 05:11:00 14 3/07 12:16:00 14 7h 5m 12h 47m 5.87 75
McGrath 3/07 18:37:00 14 3/08 20:37:00 13 26h 0m 6h 21m 7.56 ✔ 48
Takotna 3/08 23:12:00 13 3/08 23:17:00 13 0h 5m 2h 35m 6.97 ✔ 18
Ophir 3/09 02:10:00 13 3/09 08:21:00 13 6h 11m 2h 53m 7.98 ✔ 23
Iditarod 3/10 01:46:00 13 3/10 08:55:00 12 7h 9m 17h 25m 4.59 ✔ 80
Shageluk 3/10 16:41:00 12 3/11 03:12:00 12 9h 31m 7h 46m 7.08 ✔ ✔ 55
Anvik 3/11 06:28:00 12 3/11 06:36:00 11 0h 8m 3h 16m 7.65 ✔ ✔ 25
Grayling 3/11 09:02:00 11 3/11 15:13:00 10 6h 11m 2h 26m 7.40 ✔ ✔ 18
Kaltag 3/13 08:08:00 10 3/13 14:38:00 10 6h 30m 40h 55m 2.98 ✔ ✔ 122
Unalakleet 3/14 11:09:00 10 3/14 16:08:00 10 4h 59m 20h 31m 4.14 ✔ ✔ 85
Shaktoolik 3/14 22:16:00 10 3/15 06:00:00 10 7h 44m 6h 8m 6.52 ✔ ✔ 40
Koyuk 3/15 13:19:00 10 3/15 20:53:00 10 7h 34m 7h 19m 6.83 ✔ ✔ 50
Elim 3/16 02:27:00 10 3/16 10:09:00 10 7h 42m 5h 34m 8.62 ✔ ✔ 48
White Mountain 3/16 16:04:00 10 3/17 00:09:00 10 8h 5m 5h 55m 7.77 ✔ ✔ 46
Safety 3/17 05:55:00 10 3/17 06:05:00 10 0h 10m 5h 46m 9.54 ✔ ✔ 55
Nome 3/17 08:35:58 10 2h 30m 8.80 ✔ ✔ 22