In 2002 Karin came up to Alaska to volunteer at the Iditarod. She met the Redingtons, and also got a chance to go mushing herself. After a horrific high speed ride through the woods and several major crashes, she knew she was hooked.
She came up again for the 2003 Iditarod, this time to help Ray Redington prepare for the race. And that’s when she made the decision to scrap her old life and become a dog bum.
She went home to Idaho, quit her job as an air pollution analyst, sold her house and everything she owned, and hit the road for Alaska. The first year she worked as a dog handler for Vern Halter, helping prepare for the 2004 Iditarod. The next year she handled for Diana Moroney.
Karin lists her present occupation as environmental regulation for the State of Alaska, and her previous race experience includes the 2012 Northern Lights 300, 2008-2010 Knik 200, Tustumena 200, Taiga 300, Don Bowers 300, and the 2009-2012 Iditarod.
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