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Jessica Klejka

Bib Number: 41
Hometown: Wasilla, Alaska
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Biography

Jessica, born in Canton, OH moved to Bethel, AK when she was 2 years old. She grew up mushing with her younger siblings (Jenny, Jeremiah, Jesse, Josh, Joan and Jordan). Her love for dogs started with – a Bethel street rescue dog named Jed.

At 8 she started mushing 3 dogs from her father’s rec team, going out with her siblings. She listened to musher stories from the Kuskokwim 300 race trail and remembers Jeff King presenting to her 6th grade class. Her first long distance race was the K-300 Race Committee’s 100 mile campout race when she was 12 years old. She realized the strongest bond formed with a dog is when you and the dog are out together for days at a time.

In high school, she won the Jr. Iditarod. Jessica obtained her BS degree from the University of Alaska Fairbanks, allowing her to continue mushing during breaks, and dog sitting for local teams. She worked her summers on a Glacier for Alaska-Helimush owned by Iditarod Musher Linwood Fiedler and got to take her dog team with her.

Jessica attended Washington State University’s Vet School and is happily working as a full time Veterinarian in Bethel and Big lake Alaska. When she’s not mushing her favorite hobby is flying around Alaska with her husband Sam.

Sponsors

Jeremiah Klejka at Northline Seafoods
Deb Reichard and Manfred Finger
The Brewer Family
The Klejka Family
Robert Dennard and Rosco
Walther Dental
Reliable Ready Mix Co.
JMW Trucking , Wes Slutz
Trent Schloneger

N.L. Construction Corp., Eric and Chris Kerzan
Eric and Mary Kerzan
Mike and Cathy Lucas
Myron Angstman
Akron Bearing
Kacie and Troy Temple
Laura and TC Chartkunchand
Kuskokwim 300 Race Committee
Uncle Jim and Aunt Jody Klejka


2020 Standings

Checkpoint Time In Dogs In Time Out Dogs Out Rest Time Previous Layover Status Distance
Enroute Time Speed (mph) 8hr 24hr
Willow 3/08 15:18:00 14
Yentna 3/08 20:31:00 14 3/08 22:07:00 14 1h 36m 5h 13m 8.05 42
Skwentna 3/09 01:38:00 14 3/09 05:52:00 14 4h 14m 3h 31m 8.53 30
Finger Lake 3/09 11:03:00 14 3/09 14:49:00 14 3h 46m 5h 11m 7.72 40
Rainy Pass 3/09 18:25:00 14 3/09 23:45:00 14 5h 20m 3h 36m 8.33 30
Rohn 3/10 03:49:00 14 3/10 09:49:00 14 6h 0m 4h 4m 8.61 35
Nikolai 3/10 20:43:00 14 3/11 03:16:00 13 6h 33m 10h 54m 6.88 75
McGrath 3/11 08:49:00 13 3/12 10:00:00 13 25h 11m 5h 33m 8.65 ✔ 48
Takotna 3/12 12:00:00 13 3/12 12:08:00 13 0h 8m 2h 0m 9.00 ✔ 18
Ophir 3/12 14:29:00 13 3/12 18:28:00 13 3h 59m 2h 21m 9.79 ✔ 23
Cripple 3/13 07:25:00 13 3/13 13:08:00 13 5h 43m 12h 57m 5.64 ✔ 73
Ruby 3/14 00:34:00 13 3/14 08:50:00 13 8h 16m 11h 26m 6.12 ✔ ✔ 70
Galena 3/14 15:53:00 13 3/14 21:58:00 13 6h 5m 7h 3m 7.09 ✔ ✔ 50
Nulato 3/15 05:16:00 13 3/15 11:23:00 13 6h 7m 7h 18m 5.07 ✔ ✔ 37
Kaltag 3/15 16:33:00 13 3/15 23:40:00 13 7h 7m 5h 10m 9.10 ✔ ✔ 47
Unalakleet 3/16 14:31:00 13 3/16 21:47:00 11 7h 16m 14h 51m 5.72 ✔ ✔ 85
Koyuk 3/17 14:45:00 11 3/17 19:57:00 10 5h 12m 16h 58m 5.30 ✔ ✔ 90
Elim 3/18 03:24:00 10 3/18 08:52:00 10 5h 28m 7h 27m 6.44 ✔ ✔ 48
White Mountain 3/18 15:56:00 10 3/18 23:56:00 10 8h 0m 7h 4m 6.51 ✔ ✔ 46
Safety 3/19 12:54:00 10 3/19 12:58:00 10 0h 4m 12h 58m 4.24 ✔ ✔ 55
Nome 3/19 16:25:55 10 3h 27m 6.38 ✔ ✔ 22