Hunter Keefe

Grateful to be here. Ready to compete.








Originally from Okemos, Michigan, Hunter always wanted to be a professional dog musher and race in the Iditarod. In fact, he dressed up as a musher for Halloween when he was only 10 years old.

After high school, Hunter boldly moved from Michigan to Alaska and began working with Nic Petit at Girdwood Mushing Company. Those first years were gritty. Coming to Alaska as a young man with only ambitions of dog mushing and no prior experience requires an austere initiation. Nic offered an experience that was necessarily tough. And Hunter arrived ready to work.

Hunter lived out of a Chevy van in Girdwood for the summer. After bonding with the dogs, he and Nic moved north and built a cabin in Trapper Creek. Under Nic’s mentorship, he learned to put dog care first and to work hard, alone, with no one watching. Summer turned into fall which turned into winter. Hunter stayed in Trapper Creek and trained with about 20 dogs.

That first winter proved that Hunter could not only survive in Alaska, but that he would make it his lifestyle and soon see his dog mushing dreams come true.




Special shoutout to Team Petit for helping us go full-throttle into the Iditarod qualification experience!






Hunter, age 10

Hunter, age 23



Life is not a race – but indeed a journey… Love your life and what you’ve been given; it is not accidental…



Hunter got his feet wet in the professional mushing community by racing the Kobuk 440, his first Iditarod qualifier. Working with Team Petit, he also ran the Copper Basin 300, the Willow 300, and the Goose Bay 150. Some races were hard learning lessons (scratching in the Copper Basin 300) and some were huge successes (receiving the Humanitarian Award in the Willow 300).

At Hunter’s final Iditarod qualifier, Nic Petit introduced him to the Redington family. Friendships grew, and the next chapter Hunter’s mushing career began.

Raymie Redington allowed Hunter to help around his kennel in exchange for a place to stay. At first, Raymie had no intentions of having Hunter mush. But as time went on, Raymie recognized his special connection with the dogs, consistent work ethic, and ability to drive a dog sled. Hunter has spent the last few years with the Redington’s. His most recent races have been under the direction and guidance of Raymie. And the canine athletes have come from the Redington kennel.





Knik 200

In this year’s Knik 200, we did exactly what I wanted to do and finished in the top 10 with a healthy, happy team. All the dogs are ready to go again, which always makes me a happy musher. It was a tough race with an incredible field – 7 mushers within an hour of Emily’s nail-biter of a win! We finished a little over 90 minutes from first, which is the closest I’ve ever been. My old man Senior did it again, leading the entire 200 miles. The whole team was fantastic and made me proud, working very hard on all the different trail conditions.



Getting to actually run the Iditarod is an immense privilege. And getting to take Raymie’s dog team was even more of an honor for Hunter. His trip to Nome was a joyride. He had a smoking-fast dog team! Even with what was thought to be a laid-back approach, Hunter continued to stay toward the front of the pack. The trail breakers put in a perfect trail, and Hunter’s competition became his comrades. He crossed the finish line in 11th place and also won the Donlin Gold Sportsmanship Award.



To qualify for the Iditarod, you must complete a 150-mile race and two 300-mile races.


Scratching is never easy, but sometimes it’s necessary. The dogs come first. Always.


It’s an honor to race. It’s an honor to place. It’s an honor to be recognized for who you are.

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A special thanks to the Redington family…

Couldn’t have dreamed up a better team to be behind. Thank you, Raymie, for the opportunity to share these dogs with the world and supporting my dream. To Barb, thanks for the countless meals and miles driven. A big thanks also for letting me stay at your home the past three years. Robert, thanks for being such a great friend and lending me kennels in Nome.

Thank you to all my friends and family who follow and support us! I could feel all the love while we travelled the trail.




Recent Races

See What Hunter’s Been Up To & How Well He Did














Kuskokwim 300

4th place

Not too shabby for his Rookie Run!








Copper Basin 300

17th place

Filling in for Ryan Redington who had a last-minute change of plans






Knik 200

9th place

Another Top 10 in the books!






11th place, rookie year

Special Awards: Donlin Gold Sportsmanship Award






Willow 300

2nd place

Came in behind mentor Nic Petit who took 1st




It is really important to feel that accomplishment and be proud of yourself; recognize the accomplishment, recover, then move forward one notch higher.


what’s next

This summer, Hunter is working in Juneau at the AlaskaX Sled Dog Discovery Tour.

Come October or so, Hunter will begin training the team for the next racing season – when the temperature is cool enough for safe distance training.

Training begins with dryland runs where teams pull 4-wheelers and all-terrain vehicles. Then, when the snow is packed deep enough for safe dogsledding, Hunter and the team will begin putting miles on the local trails.

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To the endless volunteers who donate their time & energy so we can hang out with our dogs all week – thank you. You are the backbone of every race. 




To all the new love that has come during & after the race – thank you. The support was palpable. I can’t wait to share my future races with you all!







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