February 01, 2011
Jodi Bailey, an instructor for the Interior Aleutians Campus of University of Alaska Fairbanks, is a big fan of Tanka. She is also a dog runner with Dew Claw Kennel in Chatanika, AK, along with her partner Dan Kaduce.
Bailey grew up on Martha's Vineyard in Massachusetts and moved to Alaska her sophomore year of college in 1989 to study Athabascan storytelling in Fairbanks for her degree in theater studies and anthropology.
She is currently headed for the Yukon Quest which is a race that begins in the Whitehorse, Yukon Territories, and travels to Fairbanks, AK. It starts at 11 a.m. (AKST) Feb. 5 and runs two weeks. Then she's off to the Iditarod on March 5, which begins in Anchorage, AK, crosses the state and ends in about two weeks in Nome. Did we mention both races are about 1,000 miles long?!
"My team for the Quest is mostly female (go girls!) and then when it is time to pick an Iditarod team, I will be taking the happiest finishing dogs from both my and Dan's Quest teams," Jodi said.
Luckily, she has Tanka goodies stashed in all of her drop bags at several checkpoint locations along the way to keep her fueled. She said that her Iditarod drop bags have to be turned in while she is on the Quest trail so she had to get both done at once -- quite a task and very important because those bags are the only thing she has to rely on once she's out on the trail.
"It is hard to find quality food that is high protein, ready to eat, and can handle everything from room temperature to sub zero and still taste great. That is why I am so glad I found Tanka products to use during my long-distance races," Jodi said. "I am really looking forward to the Tanka Bites and bars I sent out, they will be waiting for me at the checkpoints along my 1,000-mile race, and are key part of my race diet."
There will be puiblic events going on during the Yukon Quest so you can head out and "meet the mushers." Find out more on the Yukon Quest website and check out the calendar.
We wish Jodi and Dew Claw Kennel the best of luck as she strives to "Be Tanka!"
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