Ryne finished 31st in her rookie year in the 2012 Iditarod. Her bib number in 2016 is 44

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Hometown: Two Rivers, AK

Ryne Olson, 23, was born in Texas and raised in Colorado. She went to school in Washington and worked in Colorado. During her growing up years, she says she spent most of her time exploring the surrounding wilderness skiing and backpacking. “For my 12th birthday, my parents signed me up for a dog sledding trip, and I don’t think they realized the impact it would have. I couldn’t forget the feeling of powering through the mountains with a team of dogs, so finally I googled dog sledding jobs. I began in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and worked my way up to the Mecca of dog sledding in Two Rivers, Alaska, where I’ve had the opportunity to train with Aliy Zirkle and Allen Moore, and the incredible dogs of SP Kennel.” She has run several mid distance races and this will be her first Iditarod. She lists her hobbies as hiking, backpacking, reading, and skiing.



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