Jessica KlejkaHometown: Wasilla, Alaska
Jessica Klejka, 29, was raised in Bethel, Alaska. She grew up mushing with her six younger siblings and her family’s dog team. When she was 12, she decided after watching top Iditarod mushers race in her town’s annual Kuskokwim 300, that someday she’d run the Iditarod. Jessica spent her childhood and high school years training with a sibling or two in her sled and entering as many of the local Kuskokwim 300 race committees races as she could. In high school, she won the Jr. Iditarod. Jessica attended the University of Alaska Fairbanks so she could continue mushing during school breaks, flying home for dog races and dog sitting local Fairbanks teams. She spent her summers on Norris Glacier working for Alaska-Helimush and was lucky enough to take her dog team down with her. After graduating from UAF, Jessica went to Washington State University’s Vet School to learn the science and medicine behind caring for and racing sled dogs. She currently works as a Veterinarian in Big Lake, Alaska. Jessica enjoys running, hiking, camping, flying with her husband Sam, and caring for their hobby farm of chickens and a rabbits.