Jennifer finished 50th of 95 mushers in the 2008 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. Her husband finished in 51st place to become the musher of the fastest-ever team of pure-bred Siberian huskies to run this race. Chevron Most Inspirational Musher Award- Jennifer Freking from Finland Minnesota received the honors which included a trophy and $1,000 worth of Chevron gas. She didn't race in 2009.

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Freking started the race with a hand that was still healing from a bad break suffered a month before the Iditarod in another race. Her team suffered tragedy this year when a snowmobiler struck her dogs while she was parked on the trail on the Yukon River near Koyukukon the way to Nulato. The collision killed a 3-year-old female named ‘Lorne.’ and seriously hurt another. It devastated Freking and her husband, Blake, but the couple decided to continue on, and they wound up not only finishing, but Blake posted the fastest-ever time for a team of purebred Siberian huskies. Freking got an engraved crystal bowl and $1,000 in Chevron fuel cards.


2008 Rookie
Jennifer Freking, 27, was born and raised in Cambridge, Minnesota. She moved to Finland in 2003. She says it is “the arrowhead of Minnesota and has great people, beautiful land and many lakes!” She began mushing in 1988 and finished the Jr. Iditarod in 1998 and has since completed the John Beargrease many times as well as other mid distance races. She says she dreamed of running her dogs in the Iditarod as long ago as she can remember. “I can definitely remember that I was inspired by Susan Butcher’s enthusiasm and success.” Jennifer graduated from the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine in 2004 and has been working as a veterinarian the last four years. A member of the ISDVMA, Jennifer enjoys running, biking, canoeing and horseback riding. She is married to Blake Freking, who will also be in the 2008 Iditarod.


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