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Wisconsin’s Makenna Vanderhoof, 16, proves she is up to challenge of Junior Iditarod race

Makenna Vanderhoof, 16, is a junior at Shell Lake High School. She also is a seasoned three-year veteran of the 150-mile Junior Iditarod sled dog race in Alaska. This year she finished 14th among 21 racers, mostly from Alaska. (Photo by Bill Thornley)

Soft-spoken junior Makenna Vanderhoof from Shell Lake High School in Wisconsin does not appear to be someone who could withstand the brutal Alaskan wilderness, but anyone with that first impression would be wrong.
Makenna, 16, already is a seasoned veteran of the Junior Iditarod. She has been running the youth version of the actual Iditarod for three years. She started by borrowing dogs from veteran musher and 2023 Iditarod winner Ryan Redington, a friend of the family.

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