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Jeff King is recognized as the "Winningest Musher in the World". He holds four championship titles for the 1,049 mile Iditarod Sled Dog Race in 1993, 1996, 1998 and 2006, the 1100 mile Yukon Quest in 1989 in addition to 24 first place titles in races across Alaska. He was inducted into the Iditarod Hall of Fame in 1999. In 2006, at age 50, he became the oldest musher to win the Iditarod. He has twice received the prestigious Leonhard Seppala Humanitarian Award for exemplary care of his dog team. He has logged more than 150,000 miles on dogsled over the past 35 years.
Mr. King moved to Alaska in 1975 in search of adventure. He quickly became interested in dog sledding and Alaskan huskies, devoting all of his spare time and money to building his own team. He began racing in 1980, his competitive spirit found a new outlet and he entered his first Iditarod just one year later. In 1992, he made the decision to devote all of his time and energy to training and racing. Naturally, he won his first Iditarod the following season.
Mr. King is an accomplished author, mentor, and consultant. He has captured worldwide media attention for decades. Associated Press, BBC, CBC, ABC Wide World of Sports, ESPN, CNN, Discovery Channel, National Public Radio, and Mushing Magazine have regularly featured him in race coverage of the Iditarod and international news reports. Lee Larsen, president of the Iditarod Trail Committee, calls Mr. King a "champion in many, many ways."
Jeff King and his family enjoy living in Alaska's Denali National Park. They have hosted over 100,000 visitors at the Husky Homestead over the past 20 years. In the summer months, his family welcomes visitors from around the world to tour their kennel and learn about Alaskan Huskies, the sport of dog mushing, and the life and spirit of Alaska, the last frontier.
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