About Heidi:

Born and raised in Wiscasset, Maine, Heidi moved to Sitka, Alaska to attend Sheldon Jackson College directly after graduating high school. Heidi earned her degree in Outdoor Recreation, Elementary Education and then later earned her Master's in Special Education at University of Alaska Anchorage.

It was her love of the outdoors and low number of inhabitants that drew her to the Last Frontier. Heidi moved from Sitka to Fairbanks where she answered an ad in the paper for a handler. During her year as a handler for Yukon Quest musher, Andrew Lesh, Heidi met Darrin. Later they moved to Holy Cross then settled in Chistochina, in the Copper River Basin.

Heidi has been teaching both regular education and special education, specializing in children diagnosed with autism, emotional disturbance as well as severe behavioral issues, for over a decade. Heidi is the proud mom to Emily, who is now 16 years old.

Heidi's Race History & Future Plans
Denali 300 10th; several Gin Gin 120 & 200s; Top of the World 350 15th; Two Rivers 200 2nd; Sheep Mtn 150 and Sheep Mtn 300 2nd.

Heidi plans to run the following races: The Sheep Mtn 150, Copper Basin 300, the Yukon Quest 300 and the Kobuk 440. The ultimate goal is to run the Yukon Quest in 2 years.

About Darrin:

Darrin was born in Utah, and after living in several places overseas for a number of years, ended up in Colorado.

Darrin went onto join the army and ended up in Germany guarding the Berlin wall. Darrin was there when the wall went down. After that he came back to the states and attended college. Later he moved to Alaska to attend the University of Alaska Fairbanks where he obtained his degree in elementary and secondary education and secured a job in St Michael teaching jr high students. It was there that Darrin was introduced to dog mushing by Jerry Austin.

As it is with musher, 1 dog leads to 2 which leads to 3 which leads to 20. After teaching for a few years, Darrin decided that being a full time dog musher was where it's at. Darrin packed up and moved to the woods just south of Nenana, Alaska in Clear. It was here, in the woods where Heidi found him.

Darrin's Race History:
  • Yukon Quest 16th
  • Kobuk 440 8th
  • Gin Gin 200
  • Yukon Innoko 2nd
  • Denali 300 12th
  • Multiple Copper Basins best finish was 9th
  • Taiga 300 9th
  • Kuskokwim 300

Challenge of the North Award given to Darrin in the 2013 Yukon Quest. Vet award and Sportsmanship Awards in several races.

About Emily:

Emily is a junior in high school. She will be spending the 2013-2014 school year as an exchange student in Northern Italy. She enjoys acting in high school theatre productions, reading, learning new languages, and writing. Emily has studied Latin and is currently studying Italian.

After high school Emily plans to attend the University of Alaska Fairbanks where she would like to study theatre.  Emily has been around dogs her entire life. She ran several local sprint races until she was 13. At 13 she ran her first race, the Willow Junior 100. She has such a great time and really grew in her level of confidence.

Emily loves to work with puppies and is very important in their training. For the past two years, Emily has assisted a family friend at the start of Iditarod and hopes to one day be able to run the Iditarod herself.  

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