Celeste was a Rookie in 2010.
Deer Lodge, MT, USA
Celeste Davis, 37, was born and raised in
Montana. Her parents are Bill and Liz Smith and
she's the fifth out of six kids. "I was the one
tagging along and annoying everyone just trying to
keep up. When I was really young, the whole family
was involved in running dogs in sprint races around
Montana and Idaho. When we later moved to Deer
Lodge, my father became involved with mid-distance
races, which led to less involvement with the
family as a whole in the sled dog world." She
graduated from Montana State University in 1995
with a nursing degree. Her first job was at the
Deer Lodge Hospital and she is still there today.
She married her high school sweetheart, Todd, and
they were blessed with son Beau, who is now 11.
"For a few years I helped my father train his dogs,
then he graciously handed over the handlebar to me.
The time is right for me to follow my dream as a
little girl and become involved with the racing end
of it. So why not run the Iditarod!!! There isn't
anywhere else I would rather be! Freezing, hungry
and sleep deprived while loving every minute of it,
enjoying it with man's best friend. Everyone should
try it, what a privilege." Celeste has run both the
Seeley Lake 200 and the Race to the Sky. She is a
member of P.R.I.D.E., Back Country Horseman and the
Emergency Nurses Association. She says she enjoys
hunting, family, horses, and hiking - anything
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