Paige Drobny lives in Ester Alaska and operates Squid Acres Kennel with her husband, Cody Strathe. She is a fisheries biologist which allows her ample time in the winter to pursue her passion for dogs. She has finished 6, 1000 mile races so far and is excited for the inaugural Tolovna 300 which essentially runs the trail between her house and their training camp in Eureka!
Cody, 39, was born and raised in Iowa and Wisconsin. He received a BS in Natural Resource Management from the University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point, in 2001. He first came to Alaska after college in 2001 as a canoe and backcountry guide and “got hooked.” He moved to Fairbanks to go to graduate school for archaeology, where he graduated with a Masters in anthropology in 2009. He has been working as a sled builder and archeologist for the last 11 years.
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I'm a Norwegian/Inupiaq dog musher, I grew up in Norway, but have visited Alaska nearly every summer. This is my first winter in Alaska, and I'm very excited to do qualifying races for Iditarod.
Growing up in Washington State I had never been around mushing. It wasn't until I came to Alaska for school that I discovered my love for running dogs. I wanted to learn more and dive deeper into the sport and that is when I sought out a handler's position at Windy Creek Kennel. Along with being a handler, I am finishing up my Petroleum Engineering degree at UAF, which I will graduate with in May.
This will be my first long distance race I have ever run, so I am looking forward to the challenge that it brings, and all of the learning experiences I will encounter. I hope to run at least one other race this year so I will be qualified to run the Quest next year.
When I was around 8 years old I watched the movie called, "Iron Will" at my grandmother's house. The movie is about a kid who won a dog sledding race to save his family farm. Ever since then I have always wanted to learn how to dog sled, race in the Iditarod and save my family farm.
This is my 2nd year mushing, ran 2015 Solstice 50 and 2016 TR 100. Currently living in Two Rivers and training a team of 2 year old dogs. I plan to race in the Yukon Quest and possibly the Iditarod. Hopefully this race will help qualify me for the Quest. I also plan to run the TR 200 in January 2017. The Tolovana 300 looks like an interesting race and I hope to learn a lot from the race.