Brady “Chad” Stoddard, 33, was born in Anchorage Alaska. Chad moved away at a young age and grew up in the small island town of Friday Harbor, Washington. After graduating from Western Washington University he moved back to Alaska and got his first job working with dogs for Alaska Icefield Expeditions. He now spends summers working with Gold Rush Dog Tours in Juneau. The desire to engage in both a challenging and rewarding lifestyle brought him to Fairbanks in May 2018 to help train and race dogs with four-time Quest and Iditarod Champion Lance Mackey. He hopes the experiences that he and the dogs have overcome in both training and racing the last few years will help make for a strong run to Nome. Chad says, “it would be a great privilege to travel the Iditarod trail and honor those dogs and mushers who have come before me. The love of the simple and strong life, the dogs, the challenge, the connection to the land and its people are what has brought me home to Alaska and Iditarod.” Read more here.