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Bio

2016

Jodi Bailey, 47, grew up on the island of Marthas Vineyard MA. She earned her BA in Theater Studies and Anthropology at Emory University in Atlanta GA. While at Emory she made her first summer trip to Alaska to study storytelling. After graduating in 1991 she moved to Fairbanks and never looked back. Today she and Dan Kaduce call Dew Claw Kennel in Chatanika, AK home.

Jodi began mushing in 1995 and has completed the Copper Basin 300, Tustumena 200, Denali Doubles, Kobuk 440, Yukon Quest and other races. In 2011 Jodi made history when she became the first rookie to successfully complete both the Yukon Quest and Iditarod in the same year. “What I enjoy most about long distance mushing is the time alone with your team on the trail.” Jodi explains, “When you are that focused on your team, dealing with immediate concerns in front of you, and directly exposed to the natural world around you; then you are really living in the moment”

In addition to mushing Jodi enjoys yoga, running, biking, gardening, and cooking. Jodi is married to Yukon Quest and Iditarod veteran Dan Kaduce.

Chatanika, AK, USA

Jodi Bailey, 42, was born in Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts. She went to school at Emory University in Atlanta, where she earned her BA in Theater and Anthropology. Jodi came to Alaska once she graduated. That was in 1991. She had spent summers here while she was in school and had "fallen in love with the place." For the last 13 years she has been an instructor.

Jodi began mushing in 1995 and says that "over the past few years I have been setting new goals and challenges for myself, working up to this; Kobuk 440, Equinox Marathon. You could say I have been slowly working up to this. The historic nature of the trail, or course, interests me, and, I work with people who live in some of the communities along the trail." She has run the Copper Basin, GinGin, Denali Doubles, and Kobuk 440, in addition to other shorter races. Jodi says, "I've been running dogs over a decade, and as I learn more and gain more confidence I enjoy trying new challenges and trails with the kids-what we affectionately call the dogs at Dew Claw. When you don't have bills, or work, or baggage or anything but you and them and the miles ahead of you, it is a wonderful feeling. And, over the years, I've heard so many amazing stories from the Iditarod Trail that I thought, I have to see this for myself."

Jodi is a member of the Fairbanks Running Club and says her hobbies are running, biking and cooking. Jodi is married to Dan, the Iditarod Rookie of the Year in 2010.

In 2011 Jodi became the first rookie in history to successfully complete both the Yukon Quest and Iditarod in the same year. She thoroughly enjoyed herself on the trail and is excited about the opportunity to return to the Iditarod in 2012 and see the Northern route. She hopes to learn from last years’ experience, improving her ability to care for her team over 1000 miles. Jodi is also a member of the Fairbanks Running Club and participates in their summer race series which ends with the Equinox Marathon in Sept. She says her hobbies are running, biking, and cooking. Jodi is married to Dan Kaduce, the Iditarod Rookie of the Year in 2010.

Results

Jodi was a musher in the 2012 Iditarod. (23rd)
Jodi was a Rookie in the 2011 Iditarod. (31st)

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