Two Bethel mushers compete in Jr. Iditarod

by Angela Denning-Barnes on February 22, 2013

Joshua Klejka training for Saturday's race. Photo courtesy of Jackie Klejka

Two young Bethel mushers are competing this weekend in the Jr. Iditarod. The race starts this Saturday at 10 a.m. in Wasilla. Joshua Klejka and Caleb Miller of Bethel are the two rookies competing.

Klejka, who is 16, comes from a family of mushers. His sister, Jessica, and brother, Jeremiah, have both won the race.

Caleb Miller, who is 15, just started handling dogs for Myron Angstman’s kennel this past year.

Caleb Miller (left) and Steven Olive (right) handle for Myron Angstman's kennel in Bethel. Photo courtesy of K300

There are thirteen teams in all. On Saturday, they will race to Yentna Station where they will overnight. Then on Sunday, teams will leave in the order they arrived and race to the finish line on Willow Lake. The race course is approximately 150 miles.

The winner of this race will have the honor of leaving 4th Avenue in Anchorage on March 2 wearing the 2013 Iditarod Honorary Musher Bib #1. The winner will also be honored at the Iditarod Awards Banquet in Nome.

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