This is Jenny's third Jr. Iditarod. She finished fifth in 2011 and 2012 and 3rd in 2013. She was the first woman to cross the finish line.

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Jenny Greger, 17, says she was “born into the sport of dog mushing. My father has been mushing for 20 years.” She says her first sled dogs were originally from a rescue and these dogs and their offspring make up her team of Alaskan Huskies and Belgian Shepherd/Alaskan Husky cross. “My number one priority is the health and happiness of my team and in the last three racing seasons, I have received six Best Cared for Team/Humanitarian Awards. She has participated in the last two Jr. Iditarods, finishing 5th each time. In 2011 she was the top placing rookie and in 2012, she received both the Humanitarian and Lead Dog Awards. In addition to the Jr. Iditarod last year, she ran the Jr. Race to the Sky and the 100 mile Eagle Cap Extreme. Jenny is in 12th grade and is homeschooled. After graduation she plans to go to college and says she definitely will continue dog mushing. She lists her hobbies as dog obedience and agility trials.


Veterinarians consider how the mushers work with their dogs and the overall condition of the dog teams then choose the recipient of the Humanitarian Award. For the second year in a row, the award went to Jenny Greger of Montana. Greger’s dogs finished the race with so much energy, it was hard to get them to stop at the finish line for bag check and sign in.

The Blue Harness Award was presented to Jenny Greger’s lead dog McGee. McGee is an 18-month-old dog that loves to run, thrives in the position of leader and inspires his teammates. This is the second year in a row that Jenny’s leader has received the Lead Dog Award. Greger was the top female finisher and received a fur hat made by former Iditarod Champion, Libby Riddels.

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