Team J Dot 2018 Iditarod

$4,140 of $30k goal

Raised by 56 people in 10 months
JDot Shelley
on behalf of Jessica Callies
 SKAGWAY, AK
Hi, I'm J. And I love dogs.

Coming from Cottageville, South Carolina, I had never even heard of dog mushing. I was fortuitously invited to Alaska for a summer and never looked back. After a couple years of running horse tours in Skagway for Alaska Excursions, I injured my knee and could no longer ride horses. Hence, leading me to the opportunity to work.....in the dog yard (business is picking up - wink, wink)...after learning more about the sport of dog mushing and what it entails, my interest peaked and has never died down.

In 2012, I spent my first winter dog handling in Knik, Alaska for Ryan and Erin Redington. To my surprise, I had the opportunity to compete in two races and I did fairly well. I spent the rest of the winter raising and training puppies. Since then, I have routinely run small dog teams recreationally. It is an all-consuming passion that continues to grow. My goal is to run the Iditarod at least once in my life and I look forward to assembling my first Iditarod team for the 2018 race.
Professional mushers that I've trained with, including the Redington's, have been very encouraging and convinced me that I can accomplish my goal.

At this point, running the dogs in the easy part. Funding my Iditarod journey is the challenge. Other than the $3000 it takes just to enter the race, many of the items necessary to compete really add up! For example, dog booties that protect the puppy paws throughout the race can cost up to $2 a piece and it is not uncommon to use 2000 booties or more during a long distance race such as the Iditarod. Being the athletes these Alaskan Husky sled dogs are, they burn 8,000-10,000 calories a day which requires loads of special high protein kibble and raw meat, which obviously adds up. Have you ever fed a pack of teenage boys??

Since this is my first Iditarod, I am starting from scratch --  I need: more dogs, harnesses, another sled, necklines, tuglines, transportation, entry fee money for qualifying races and the Iditarod, etc. etc.

In order to qualify, I will need to assemble my dog team and necessary equipment by Fall 2016 so I can compete during the winter of 2016-2017 to be eligible for the 2018 Iditarod.

With your support, I am positive I will reach my goal and achieve my dream of running the 2018 Iditarod. No donation, big or small, will go unnoticed. It is not possible for me to do this without you.

From the sincerest part of my dog mushing heart and on behalf of teamjdot and my furry teammates, we are honored by your support and forever grateful.
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Update 4
Posted by Jason Shelley
5 months ago
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Hi! Thanks to all your efforts and support, Team Jdot is signed up and ready for 2 of the 3 qualifiers required for the Iditarod! All packed and ready to head north to Knik, AK for this winter's training and super excited and motivated! Thanks again to all of you! All my furry teammates send their gratitude as well!!!
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Posted by Jason Shelley
7 months ago
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What a big success the Iditarock fundraiser turned out to be! It brings much happy to me to have such a supportive community behind me! Thank you all for supporting Team JDot and all the voluteers who helped! We're in this together and can't do it without you!
my main sled dog Tommy with his daughter!
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Posted by Jason Shelley
8 months ago
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So much has changed since I started on this adventure to the Iditarod! First of all, be assured the human race is in way better shape than it may appear in the public eye! When the time comes for me to pull my dog team up to the starting line, only one thought will keep me motivated and focused on the 1000 miles to Nome. And that's love! This journey is no longer just a dog sled race but a representation of humanity at it's best!
Me and Nate at the starting line in Willow, Ak! Can't wait to be behind a dog team for the next time!
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Posted by Jason Shelley
8 months ago
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Thank you all for all of your support! What an honor and privilege it is to be a part of this awesome adventure! I love you all!!!
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$4,140 of $30k goal

Raised by 56 people in 10 months
Created May 24, 2016
JDot Shelley  
on behalf of Jessica Callies
$10
Anonymous
11 days ago
AE
$25
Amy Erfling
1 month ago
$75
Joe Bronson
2 months ago
SH
$30
Stephanie Hawney
2 months ago

You got this!!

MJ
$217
mark johnson
2 months ago

Good luck J Dot, I'm going to be in Cordova 2/12 till Skagway so if you can get me 5 beanies by then great if not Ill get them in Skagway

$250
Anonymous
2 months ago
$50
Anonymous
2 months ago
SB
$100
Sam Best
3 months ago
$15
Mechele Peters
3 months ago
MC
$50
Mitzi Carter
3 months ago
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