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Jessica Klejka

Bib Number: 24
Hometown: Wasilla, Alaska
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Biography

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.

Sponsors

Pat Glaab/Northline Seafoods
Klejka Family
Brewer Family
Smartstop Self Storage

The Kuskokwim 300 Race Committee
The Arctic Vet, Cherise Neu
Deb/Manfred Reichard


2019 Standings

Checkpoint Time In Dogs In Time Out Dogs Out Rest Time Previous Layover Status Distance
Enroute Time Speed (mph) 8hr 24hr
Willow 3/03 14:44:00 14
Yentna 3/03 18:44:00 14 3/03 20:44:00 14 2h 0m 4h 0m 10.50 42
Skwentna 3/03 23:52:00 14 3/04 04:30:00 14 4h 38m 3h 8m 9.57 30
Finger Lake 3/04 09:24:00 14 3/04 15:12:00 14 5h 48m 4h 54m 8.16 40
Rainy Pass 3/04 18:39:00 14 3/04 22:56:00 14 4h 17m 3h 27m 8.70 30
Rohn 3/05 03:18:00 14 3/05 08:12:00 14 4h 54m 4h 22m 8.02 35
Nikolai 3/05 19:05:00 14 3/06 02:14:00 14 7h 9m 10h 53m 6.89 75
McGrath 3/06 09:29:00 14 3/07 10:41:00 14 25h 12m 7h 15m 6.62 ✔ 48
Takotna 3/07 13:06:00 14 3/07 13:16:00 14 0h 10m 2h 25m 7.45 ✔ 18
Ophir 3/07 16:02:00 14 3/07 21:59:00 13 5h 57m 2h 46m 8.31 ✔ 23
Iditarod 3/08 15:01:00 13 3/08 23:00:00 12 7h 59m 17h 2m 4.70 ✔ 80
Shageluk 3/09 07:28:00 12 3/09 15:28:00 12 8h 0m 8h 28m 6.50 ✔ ✔ 55
Anvik 3/09 18:42:00 12 3/09 19:00:00 12 0h 18m 3h 14m 7.73 ✔ ✔ 25
Grayling 3/09 21:12:00 12 3/10 04:36:00 11 6h 24m 2h 12m 8.18 ✔ ✔ 18
Eagle Island 3/10 12:48:00 11 3/10 19:53:00 11 7h 5m 8h 12m 7.56 ✔ ✔ 62
Kaltag 3/11 11:24:00 11 3/11 19:37:00 11 8h 13m 15h 31m 3.87 ✔ ✔ 60
Unalakleet 3/12 14:16:00 11 3/12 22:27:00 11 8h 11m 18h 39m 4.56 ✔ ✔ 85
Shaktoolik 3/13 04:50:00 11 3/13 12:32:00 11 7h 42m 6h 23m 6.27 ✔ ✔ 40
Koyuk 3/13 20:52:00 11 3/14 06:38:00 11 9h 46m 8h 20m 6.00 ✔ ✔ 50
Elim 3/14 13:05:00 11 3/14 18:58:00 11 5h 53m 6h 27m 7.44 ✔ ✔ 48
White Mountain 3/15 02:40:00 11 3/15 10:55:00 11 8h 15m 7h 42m 5.97 ✔ ✔ 46
Safety 3/15 18:42:00 11 3/15 19:03:00 11 0h 21m 7h 47m 7.07 ✔ ✔ 55
Nome 3/15 22:12:35 11 3h 9m 6.98 ✔ ✔ 22