May 3, 2019
Licking Valley High School Auditorium
Join Newark native, Laura Neese and her phenomenal lead dog Maple as she shares her adventures and challenges of training and racing her team of Alaskan Huskies. At 22 years of age, Laura has already completed three 1,000 mile sled dog races. In February 2018, Laura raced in the 1,000 mile Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race completing it in 3rd place with her best finish yet. She was the only woman to finish the challenging race that year, where mushers some days endured temperatures of 50 degrees below zero. In 2019, Laura’s race season was turned upside down when supplies to be sent along the 1,000 mile trail were spoiled before her race began. Laura will share her experiences with training and racing sled dogs and how having a positive outlook helps not only on the trail but when facing unseen challenges that happen in life, persevering when plans need to be changed, and moving ahead with enthusiasm and optimism. Come discover some of the great sled dog races that are offered in the lower 48 states as Laura shares about preparing for, traveling to, and racing in a few of these great events during the 2019 winter.