My grandparents Earl & Natalie Norris established our kennel in Anchorage in 1947. At the time, the Siberians my grandmother brought with her when she moved to Alaska were the first and only registered Siberians in Alaska, hence the name Alaskan Kennels.
Musher Q & A
I grew up with parents and grandparents who mushed, but I didn't seriously pursue dog sledding myself until I graduated from university in 2011. My parents are sprint racers, so to learn how to train a distance team, I moved to Alta, Norway and handled for Roger Dahl, an accomplished Norwegian distance musher. I came back to Alaska in 2012 with my sights set on Iditarod. My parents generously loaned me a pool of dogs to work with, and with those dogs, I qualified and ran Iditarod in 2014, 2015, and 2016.
I entered this race because I want to see 40 Mile Country from the back of a dog sled. My goal for the race is to train up and enter a team of Siberians capable of finishing in good standing.
I love how much the dogs love running! Nothing makes them happier, and that makes me happy.
For the last years, my dogs have been guiding multi-day dog sled expeditions across Interior Alaska for our business, Arctic Dog Adventure Co.
- 2019; Race: Yukon Quest; Finish Position: Scratched in Dawson
- 2016; Race: Iditarod; Finish Position: 65/86
- 2016; Race: Copper Basin; Finish Position: 37/47
- 2018; Race: Iditarod; Finish Position: 49/78
- 2017; Race: Iditarod; Finish Position:48/69
Arctic Dog Adventure Co: Underdog Feeds; Wind River Bear Institute