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Our newest Assistant Race Director will be headed to Alaska to mush!

Our own Maddie Harrer, Assistant Race Director, will be heading to Alaska shortly after the CopperDog150 sled dog race concludes. Let's hear about how this came about in Maddie's own words.

Maddie tells the story, "Back in June I was scrolling through Facebook and came across an article that the Copperdog Facebook actually shared. I also heard about it through Lynne Witte. It was titled “Girls to Mushers”. I thought it sounded interesting so I clicked on it. I read the article a few times. The article said that The Last Frontier Mushing Co-op was giving the chance to four girls to mush in Alaska for three days. In order to be considered you have to write a letter about yourself and your experience with dogs. I thought why not give it a shot? So I asked my parents and they both knew I was going to get it. I wasn’t so sure at that point. I texted some musher friends and asked for help with writing my letter. After about two weeks of finalizing my letter it was ready. I talked about my hobbies, school, and one of my favorite classes in school. I went into depth about Copperdog and how I grew up with the race like it’s a sibling. I preached about . As that is the Copperdog motto. I also talked about my experience with PJ Olsson’s Rock Camp and how that camp and Copperdog have brought me out of my shell. I submitted my letter and had to wait a little over a month to find out if I got selected. We got an update saying they upped the number of girls from four to six. I thought it would increase my chances. The day came when we would find out if I got it or not. They finally announced that they had to push the announcement two days. I started school on that day. I waited anxiously. My sister, cousin, and I were just about to go to the movies when my mom called me. My mom sounded mad. She told me to put her on speaker so my sister could hear. She then said to go look at Facebook. I knew right away I got it. I screamed with my cousin and sister in a parking lot. It was so crazy to think that I did it. My letter expressed them and I’m going to Alaska. T- 109 days till Alaska and T- 103 days till CD150."

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