Race directors Chris and Helen took on the race organization in 2011 at a time when Chris & Cooper (both big fans of winter) lived in Minneapolis and Helen was commuting to California.
2012 update: Chris (& Cooper) also moved to California where he now trains by pulling a sled on the sand. Well, not really, but it sounds good. Juneau has joined the mix as Cooper’s little, but spunky, sister.
2013 update: Chris and Helen got hitched. Juneau has assumed her birthright as the princess of the household.
2014 update: Chris moved to Oregon for a summer of wild land firefighting. Helen wasn’t sure he was ever going to come back so she decided to move too, and commutes to CA for 2-3 days most weeks.
2015 update: Life in Bend, OR is about as good as it gets.
2016 update: as above
2017 update: as above
2018: Helen travels more now than ever. Bend is growing fast, but is still a pretty good place for us all.
2019: Cooper turned 10 this summer but acts like a puppy and never seems to tire! Juneau prefers to explore at her own pace and smell the roses… or pine cones and juniper. We are somewhere in the middle!