Two Bethel racers finish Junior Iditarod

by Angela Denning-Barnes on February 25, 2013

Caleb Miller, 15, on the Junior Iditarod trail. Photo courtesy of Jackie Klejka

Two young Bethel mushers competed in the Jr. Iditarod over the weekend. Joshua Klejka and Caleb Miller of Bethel were both rookies in the 150 mile race. Klejka, who is 16, finished in 8th place and Caleb Miller, who is 15, finished in 10th place.

Noah Pereira, a 16-year-old from New York won the race. He’s been training with Dallas Seavey, the reigning Iditarod champion.

Thirteen teams raced the Junior Iditarod this year.

Joshua Klejka comes from a family of mushers. His sister Jessica and brother Jeremiah have won the Junior Iditarod. Caleb Miller helps handle dogs for Myron Angstman’s kennel.

The race started Saturday in Wasilla and finished Sunday in Willow.

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