This race is now the: IDAHO SLED DOG CHALLENGE
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Race Marshall – Andy Angstman
Andy Angstman was born and raised in Bethel, Alaska. His family was heavily involved in the founding and organization of the Kuskokwim 300 Sled Dog Race, which Andy raced three times. He also raced the Kobuk 440 and the 2007 Iditarod, in addition to many shorter races. He currently lives in Anchorage, where he is the Director of Safety and Compliance for Ryan Air, an Alaskan freight and passenger airline. He is a race judge in both the Kuskokwim 300 and the Iditarod.
- Head Veterinarian: Rhonda Aljah
Both Bruce & Diana grew up in California, but have made Alaska their home for over 40 years.
Diana first began training and racing sled dogs in 1981. Bruce got a later start and joined Diana in 1992.
Diana has competed in 10 Iditarod’s, the first in 1984 and her last in 2005. Diana has also competed in the Yukon Quest, Hope 92’ race to Russia, Beargrease 500, Copper Basin, Kobuk 440, Kusko 300, Knik 200 and many other distance races. Diana has also served as race judge on Iditarod, Beargrease and the Copper Basin 300.
Bruce became involved in Iditarod as a pilot for the Iditarod Air Force in 1986 supporting the race. Diana began flying for the Iditarod in 1998 on the years she was not racing. Meeting Diana in 1992 Bruce learned the art of training and racing sled dogs. Bruce competed and finished the Iditarod in 1994 and 2001; additionally the Knik 200, Copper Basin 300 and Sheep Creek Classic.
Both Bruce and Diana are professional pilots flying Boeing 747’s worldwide for Atlas Air. Bruce retired in 2013 and now flies float planes during the summer. Their support of Iditarod continues every March as pilots for the Iditarod Air Force, flying their Cessna 185 on skis, flying volunteers, vets, supplies and dogs from Anchorage to Nome.
They are looking forward to coming to McCall to work as race judges on the Inaugural “McCall Ultra Challenge Sled Doge Race.
Dr. Chad Hunt is a two time veteran of the Iditarod. Witnessing the unique human animal bond between mushers and their canine team has motivated him to rejoin the 2018 Iditarod team despitethe current controversies. He is excited to do his part to help bring the unique sport of sled dog racing back tohis home state by vetting the McCall Ultra Sled Dog Challenge.
Dr. Chad Hunt received his DVM at WSU in 2008 andcompleted an internship under the tutelage of boarded specialists at WestVetin 2009.He started Canine Blood Heroes, Boise, a local blood bank, in 2010 andcompleted advanced training and certification in canine physical therapy and rehabilitation in 2012. Since then he has been practicing canine rehabilitation, general medicine and running the blood bank at Intermountain Pet Hospital in Meridian, Idaho.
Dr. Hunt lives with his wife, Julie (also a veterinarian) two beautiful daughters and one handsome son, Darwin the dog, Cleo the cat and two self-powered lawn mowers Rosemary and Thyme (Tunis sheep). He enjoys distance running, backpacking, fly fishing and gardening in the summer and back country skiing and building igloos in the winter.
Dr. Rhonda Aliah is a 6 year Iditarod veteran and returning this year to work the dropped dog lot in Anchorage. She has 8 years of experience working on the International Pedigree Stage Stop Sled Dog Race in Wyoming and 8 years as race veterinarian for the American Dog Derby in Ashton, ID. She really enjoys watching the dogs and mushers work as a team and the incredible endurance and toughness of both dog and musher.
Dr. Aliah graduated from Michigan State University in 1976. She worked 5 years in the Midwest in a farm practice. In 1981, she moved in Idaho Falls to purchase the Skyline Animal clinic which she owned for 30 years. After selling the practice in 2010, she has operated her own relief veterinary service for the past 7 years and continues to work as the staff veterinarian for the Idaho Falls Zoo, a position she has held for 27 years.
Rhonda is very excited about this new Iditarod qualifier in Idaho and looks forward to meeting new mushers and race officials and making this one of the best races in the northwest.
I have lived in Idaho for 10 years and worked as a critical care and emergency veterinarian for several years. For the last 3 years I have been working as a general practitioner at Idaho Veterinary Hospital. I became involved with sled dog races 6 years ago at the Iditarod, which I have volunteered at for the the last 5 years. I am excited to be involved with a local race this year. In my spare time I enjoy running, hiking, and camping with my golden retrievers. Good luck and I will see you on the trail.
Dr Dawn Sessions went to WSU Veterinary College, graduating in 1990. She purchased Broadway Veterinary Hospital in 1994 and has grown the practice to a 5-Dr 7 day per week booming veterinary clinic. She has been married to Stan Sessions for 31 years and has a daughter Rebecca that is her practice manager. She enjoys cooking, camping, fishing, hunting and traveling. She has been an Iditarod Trail Vet for 5 years now and loves the cold weather extreme adventure of the race. She also enjoys the local villagers of Alaska and the small aircraft flights taken for the Iditarod trailstops. She fishes Payette Lake frequently for Mackinaw and has caught some very nice fish while in McCall. Looking forward to the first Ultimate McCall Challenge, she will be there to help the sleddogs and mushers race as safely and smoothly as possible.