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2018 Iditarod » Mushers » Shaynee Traska

Shaynee Traska

Bib Number: 5
Hometown: Glanwin, MI
Website:
Meet the Dog Team: http://Facebook.com/howlingRK%20


Biography

Growing up in mid-Michigan, I didn’t know about dogsledding until my aunt and uncle met Joe
Redington. At nine years old, they told me about the Iditarod and I immediately announced to my parents that I would race it someday. My fifth grade speech was that I would be a professional musher in the Iditarod. I dreamed of racing with a team I had raised and trained myself. At the age of fourteen, with the help of Ken and Lori Chezik, I started my very own kennel. When I was nineteen, I developed my own breeding program and many of these same dogs are still with me today. I raced in Michigan until moving by myself to Alaska in the spring of 2012 along with my 25 dogs. I have since gotten married to Jeremy, who loves the dogs and lifestyle as much as I do. Together, we have raised from birth nearly all of the 41 dogs in our kennel. In the summers we guide dogsledding tours on the Mendenhall Glacier in Juneau, in the winter we also guide and train our race team without the help of handlers. It is a labor of love for us. Through the Lord’s strength, the team and I completed our rookie Iditarod in 2018. I am excited to be back on the trail with my “kids” in 2021 and greatly look forward to the southern route again. I thank the Lord for allowing us to be a part of this life-changing race, the wonderful people of the villages we travel through and their land they share with us, and the opportunity to truly “live” and to draw closer to Him while on this amazing journey across Alaska.
God answered a little girl’s prayers and I hope our race brings glory to Him!

Sponsors

Scott/Toni Seipke, MI
Howling Ridge Kennel dog and checkpoint sponsors
Non-Stop Dogwear, AK
Wysong Natural Pet Food, MI
Krisha and Nolan Akerman, MI
Modern Machinery, MI
Big Dan's Trucking, Inc & Pet Food, MN
Bev Gelvin, NC

Velma Hutson, MI
Juelie Traska, ID
John Traska, ID
Master Electric Inc, MI
Arden/Shirley Seipke, MI
Paul/Vicki Beyer, MI
Wayne/Beth Heintz, MI
All of our friends and family who have generously donated money and prayers to help bring the dream to life


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 14:06:00 16
Yentna 3/04 18:26:00 16 3/04 18:35:00 16 0h 9m 4h 20m 9.69 42
Skwentna 3/05 03:02:00 16 3/05 03:18:00 16 0h 16m 8h 27m 3.55 30
Finger Lake 3/05 13:39:00 16 3/05 17:16:00 16 3h 37m 10h 21m 3.86 40
Rainy Pass 3/05 21:34:00 16 3/06 02:50:00 16 5h 16m 4h 18m 6.98 30
Rohn 3/06 07:38:00 16 3/06 08:05:00 16 0h 27m 4h 48m 7.29 35
Nikolai 3/07 01:15:00 16 3/07 09:35:00 16 8h 20m 17h 10m 4.37 75
McGrath 3/07 20:08:00 16 3/07 20:31:00 15 0h 23m 10h 33m 4.55 48
Takotna 3/07 23:12:00 15 3/09 01:18:00 15 26h 6m 2h 41m 6.71 ✔ 18
Ophir 3/09 03:59:00 15 3/09 04:18:00 15 0h 19m 2h 41m 8.57 ✔ 23
Iditarod 3/09 22:45:00 15 3/10 06:56:00 15 8h 11m 18h 27m 4.34 ✔ 80
Shageluk 3/10 17:55:00 15 3/10 21:35:00 13 3h 40m 10h 59m 5.01 ✔ 55
Anvik 3/11 01:25:00 13 3/11 01:49:00 12 0h 24m 3h 50m 6.52 ✔ 25
Grayling 3/11 05:31:00 12 3/11 13:31:00 12 8h 0m 2h 42m 6.67 ✔ ✔ 18
Kaltag 3/12 15:55:00 12 3/13 01:03:00 11 9h 8m 26h 24m 4.62 ✔ ✔ 122
Unalakleet 3/13 18:50:00 11 3/14 03:24:00 10 8h 34m 17h 47m 4.78 ✔ ✔ 85
Shaktoolik 3/14 10:20:00 10 3/14 17:33:00 10 7h 13m 6h 56m 5.77 ✔ ✔ 40
Koyuk 3/15 02:31:00 10 3/15 12:55:00 8 10h 24m 8h 58m 5.58 ✔ ✔ 50
Elim 3/15 19:27:00 8 3/16 04:21:00 7 8h 54m 6h 32m 7.35 ✔ ✔ 48
White Mountain 3/16 11:31:00 7 3/16 19:45:00 7 8h 14m 7h 10m 6.42 ✔ ✔ 46
Safety 3/17 03:53:00 7 3/17 03:56:00 7 0h 3m 8h 8m 6.76 ✔ ✔ 55
Nome 3/17 07:08:25 7 3h 12m 6.88 ✔ ✔ 22