Musher Details

2021 Iditarod » Mushers » Travis Beals

Travis Beals

Bib Number: 33
Hometown: Seward, Alaska


I grew up in Seward, Alaska. When I was young, my mom had a small sprint team on 2nd avenue right in the thick of town. As a toddler, I ran one-dog races and was often found curled up sleeping with my dogs in their houses outside. My parents divorced when I was young and shortly after we sold the dogs. I wanted to get back into dogs and even as a young boy felt that dog mushing was my calling.

I was fourteen when my mom said if I could pay for them, I was welcome to get my own dog team. I got my first job, working at a summer dog sled tour operation and shortly after got my first dogs. I’ve been racing and training my own dogs ever since.

In 2009 I ran Jr. Iditarod at 17 years old with a team of dogs I trained on my own. That year I finished in 2nd, behind Cain Carter who was racing Lance Mackey’s A-team that went on to win the full 1,000-mile race two weeks later.

In 2011, I met my partner Sarah. In 2012, we turned our kennel into a successful summer tour operation where we give summer dog sled rides. The following year we took over Seward Helicopter Tours and began offering glacier dog sledding tours — allowing summertime visitors the opportunity to dog sled on snow. I’m blessed to be able to do what I love for work.

I’ve raced nine Iditarods and each year have brought a competitive team to the event. For the past several years, we’ve spent winters in dry cabins and had to move our team around every 6 months. This year, Sarah and I welcomed our son, Elias. Being a father has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life.

Because we welcomed a son, the dry cabin life style was no longer going to cut it. This year we bought a house in Knik with trail access and it’s been a game changer. I’ve always dreamed of winning Iditarod and, although I’ve always brought a competitive team, I’m starting to get to a point where the things in my life outside of mushing are in order to truly help make that happen.

I’ve received a sportsmanship award every year for the last four years from various races including the 2022 Iditarod. These have been truly meaningful awards for me and I’m proud to be recognized by my peers in this capacity.

I’m fired up for a great run in Iditarod 2024 and couldn’t be more grateful to my dogs and my family.

Here are the dogs currently training for my team:

If you’d like to learn more about my kennel or help support me getting to Nome, please visit my website:

Thank you to all our fans and sponsors.

Stitt Construction
David Branholme
Seward Helicopter Tours
Turning Heads Kennel

THK Mile Sponsors
THK Dog Sponsors
THK Checkpoint Sponsors

Special thanks to my handlers, Matt Reiss & Ibi Wemark and to my partner Sarah Stokey and our son, Elias.

2021 Standings

Checkpoint Time In Dogs In Time Out Dogs Out Rest Time Previous Layover Status Distance
Enroute Time Speed (mph) 8hr 24hr
Deshka Landing N 3/07 15:02:00 14
Skwentna N 3/07 21:11:00 14 3/08 00:43:00 14 3h 32m 6h 9m 10.89 67
Finger Lake N 3/08 05:07:00 14 3/08 07:44:00 14 2h 37m 4h 24m 9.09 40
Rainy Pass N 3/08 10:43:00 14 3/08 14:26:00 14 3h 43m 2h 59m 10.06 30
Rohn N 3/08 18:19:00 14 3/08 18:34:00 13 0h 15m 3h 53m 9.01 35
Nikolai N 3/09 07:29:00 13 3/09 11:09:00 13 3h 40m 12h 55m 5.81 75
McGrath N 3/09 17:59:00 13 3/10 18:29:00 11 24h 30m 6h 50m 7.02 ✔ 48
Ophir N 3/10 23:00:00 11 3/11 02:04:00 11 3h 4m 4h 31m 9.08 ✔ 41
Iditarod N 3/11 11:18:00 11 3/11 19:18:00 11 8h 0m 9h 14m 8.66 ✔ ✔ 80
Ophir S 3/12 08:54:00 11 3/12 12:18:00 11 3h 24m 13h 36m 5.88 ✔ ✔ 80
McGrath S 3/12 17:30:00 11 3/12 22:30:00 11 5h 0m 5h 12m 7.88 ✔ ✔ 41
Nikolai S 3/13 05:51:00 11 3/13 14:35:00 9 8h 44m 7h 21m 6.53 ✔ ✔ 48
Rohn S 3/15 02:16:00 9 3/15 09:41:00 9 7h 25m 34h 41m 2.16 ✔ ✔ 75
Rainy Pass S 3/15 13:41:00 9 3/15 13:49:00 9 0h 8m 4h 0m 8.75 ✔ ✔ 35
Finger Lake S 3/15 20:12:00 9 3/16 02:23:00 9 6h 11m 6h 23m 4.70 ✔ ✔ 30
Skwentna S 3/16 07:28:00 9 3/16 15:50:00 9 8h 22m 5h 5m 7.87 ✔ ✔ 40
Deshka Landing S 3/16 23:00:36 9 7h 10m 9.35 ✔ ✔ 67