HUMAN

Name: NELL HUFFMAN
Age: 65
Residence: TAKOTNA, ALASKA
Occupation: I’M RETIRED FROM THE BUSINESS OFFICE FOR THE VILLAGE
Years involved with Iditarod: SINCE 1986
Iditarod Role: NOW I’M KIND OF THE CHECKPOINT MANAGER. I WORKED WITH JAN ALL THE YEARS SHE DID IT AND THEN JUST FILLED IN WHEN SHE WASN’T ABLE TO ANY MORE.
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?:

THIS IS THE MOST EXCITING YEAR OF LIFE HERE IN TAKOTNA. WE DO A LOT OF THINGS, BUT THIS IS THE BIGGEST. IT INVOLVES THE WHOLE COMMUNITY SO THAT’S OUR GOAL: EVERYBODY WORKING TOGETHER.

Tell me about your most rewarding experience on Iditarod?:

I THINK IT WAS JUST LEARNING FROM JAN AND SEEING REALLY HOW MASSIVE IT IS AND WHAT YOU DO. YOU KNOW, I WATCHED PUDDIN’ AND JAN FROM THE BACKGROUND, BUT I HAD NO IDEA WHAT THEY REALLY DID. IT’S JUST MEETING EVERY MUSHER, FEEDING THEM. I THINK FILLING THE ROLE IS THE MOST EXCITING.

What do you know for sure?:

I THINK IT WAS JUST LEARNING FROM JAN AND SEEING REALLY HOW MASSIVE IT IS AND WHAT YOU DO. YOU KNOW, I WATCHED PUDDIN’ AND JAN FROM THE BACKGROUND, BUT I HAD NO IDEA WHAT THEY REALLY DID. IT’S JUST MEETING EVERY MUSHER, FEEDING THEM. I THINK FILLING THE ROLE IS THE MOST EXCITING.

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