2018 was her
rookie year. She finished 30th. She
scratched in 2009 and 2011.
Melissaa (Owens) Stewart,
26, was born and raised in Nome. She moved to the
Mat-Su Valley in 2009 to attend Northern Industrial
Training and decided to stay. She later earned a
Bachelors Degree in Criminal Justice from the
Charter College. Melissa lists her occupation as
dog musher and says she has been mushing
since birth. She says she has wanted to
run the Iditarod as long as she can remember.
My dad ran the Iditarod the year I was born
and mushing is in my blood. After completing four
Jr. Iditarods, I ran my first Iditarod in 2008 and
am the youngest female to finish the Iditarod.
After taking a few years off, we have decided it is
time to come back and run again and show the dogs
what it is like to race across Alaska. My husband,
Jason, and I now share the responsibilities of the
kennel and enjoy spending time with the dogs and
seeing them grow as a team. We are excited for this
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