HUMAN

Name: MEREDITH MAPES
Age: 25
Residence: KNIK, ALASKA
Occupation: DOG MUSHER AND VET TECH
Years involved with Iditarod: I THINK I STARTED WHEN I WAS 3
Iditarod Role: I’M BLOGGING FOR THE RACE FOR IDITAROD.COM, AND I’M ALSO TRAIL CREW DOING WHATEVER NEEDS TO BE DONE.
Current Location: TAKOTNA, ALASKA
Date of Photo: MARCH 7, 2019
Temperature: 24F / OUTDOORS

What is your Why?.. Why are you here today and involved in Iditarod?:

I LOVE THE SPIRIT OF IDITAROD. EVERYBODY THAT’S OUT HERE HAVING FUN. I RAN THE RACE LAST YEAR, AND I LIKE SUPPORTING THE OTHER MUSHERS JUST LIKE THEY SUPPORT ME WHEN THEY’RE OUT HERE, TOO.

Tell me about your most rewarding experience on Iditarod?:

DEFINITELY LAST YEAR WHEN I RAN THE RACE. BOTH STARTING THE RACE, SEEING EVERYBODY HERE OUT ON THE TRAIL AND THEN CROSSING THAT FINISH LINE IN NOME WAS DEFINITELY A ONCE-IN-A-LIFETIME EXPERIENCE.

What do you know for sure?:

I KNOW I LIKE DOGS, AND DOGS LIKE ME. SO THAT’S A GOOD THING.

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