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Deke Naaktgeboren

Hometown: Fairbanks, Alaska


I’m living the Alaskan Dream! I moved here in 2011 to mush and that’s what we do! I have an amazing job with the Bureau of Land Management working in Chicken, Alaska during the summers and have winters off. This situation allows me to 100% focus on training my dogs during the winter months and run Iditarod. In short I work so I can mush to fuel the passion.

I’m super proud that we run what we raise inside our kennel and find good retirement homes for those dogs that are ready to move on. Every single dog on my Iditarod team has been born here in our kennel and our biggest strength is our trust between each other. Just as important as the dog team is the human team, and Nolan, Nikki, Eric and Jonah are back again to care for, train and race the dogs. They are the best and it takes a team to make the Iditarod dream happen.

As Joe Dirt would say, “Life’s a garden, dig it!”

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