Sharon Nelson-Curtice has been involved in the world of sled dogs for over 20 years and has owned her own dogs for the past 17 years. Sharon has experienced great success running short-mid to mid-distances races in the Michigan, Wisconsin, and Minnesota regions.
As a young girl, Sharon's dream was to have her own sled dog kennel and she made her first steps towards that dream by getting involved with the first UP 200 race. To her delight, Sharon became involved with a sled dog kennel and began racing teams. Three years after starting her involvement with the UP 200 and pulling her husband Pete into the sport, she own her own kennel, her dream had come true.
Sharon went on to have a very competitive kennel taking her share of first place prizes competing in the Tahquamenon, Midnight Run, Apostle Islands and Pellston Icebox. She also placed 2nd in the Beargrease 150, 5th in the UP 200, and had many other top finishes in her carrier. Although Sharon is no longer racing competitively, she still keeps a handful of dogs that keep her life and her children busy. Sharon works as a physical therapist assistant and home schools her three children.
Sharon was invited by the CopperDog 150 in 2009 to be a Race Judge at their first race and was invited back in 2010. Sharon serves double duty at the CopperDog 150, working as both race judge and teacher, sharing her knowledge, experience and insight with CopperDog 150 planners, officials, and volunteers. Sharon's warm and friendly personality, keen insight, and calming disposition during hectic situations makes Sharon an ideal Race Judge for the CopperDog 150.
Sharon looks forward each year to judging at the CopperDog 150, spending time with good friends, and working for a great, fun race organization.