Meet 2022 race officials
The Race Marshal and Judges are responsible for the enforecement of all ISDC policies and race rules. Decisions relating to dog care and treatment are made after consultation with the Head Veterinarian. They are the representatives of the race organization at the checkpoints during the race. Their job is to ensure that the race runs smoothly and is fair for all mushers. Situations can arise suddlenly. The race judge must be able to make an immediate decision so as to neither disadvantage nor favor one team over another.
Race Organizer: Jerry Wortley
Official Race Organizer and the brains behind the event, Jerry Wortley dreamed up the idea of Idaho’s Sled Dog Challenge while watching the “Dog Pull” event in the winter carnival. Jerry is a long time Iditarod Air Force Pilot with several years of volunteer work and logistics related to the last great race.
Race Marshal: Rick Katucki
Rick is the 2022 Race Marshal. This is his first year as race marshal after having been a judge at ISDC for several years prior. Rick has been a judge at the Eagle Cap Extreme for many years and Race Marshal for the Stanley Sled Dog Rendezvous.
Rick started mushing quite by accident. He adopted a northern breed dog from the local shelter and soon found that she loved to pull him on skis. Excited about the idea of using dogs for winter camping, one became two, two became three and then came a sled. A new obsession was hatched.
Retired from Healthcare management, Rick lives in Eagle, Idaho with his wife, Patty, 4 horses and 7 dogs. He spends his time working with his dogs, pursuing year round outdoor activities, and tying up 10+ years of accumulated loose ends.
Race Judge: Stan Smith
Phil Morgan is another Iditarod Airforce Pilot who has several years of experience working with the Last Great Race in Alaska. More importantly, Phil completed the Iditarod as a musher himself. He worked as a race judge during our inaugural McCall Ultra Challenge in 2018 and will be returning to Valley County for our upcoming 2019 race.
Race Judge: Mark Cox
Mark Cox hails from McGrath, Alaska and works for the Division of Forestry as a Firefighter and in Logistics.
Mark has spent over 30 years working logistics and a race judge for the Iditarod out of the McGrath Checkpoint.
Mark is a returning judge and is the Checkpoint Lead at the Third Fork Cabin remote checkpoint.
Race Judge: Kirk Barnum
Kirk is a returning judge. Kirk is a long time musher and Iditarod finisher.
Race Judge: Steve Riggs
Steve Riggs is new to the ISDC this year. Steve has raced and won mid-distance for many years. He has an excellent understanding as to how a race needs to run from a trail perspective.
Race Judge: Laura Kat
Laura Kat is a new judge to the ISDC. She raised and drove dogs in Fairbanks for 20 plus years and now calls Connecticut home.
Logistics: Dave Looney
A local of McCall, Idaho, Dave Looney has volunteered as an Iditarod Air Force Pilot for over a decade and became interested in sled dog racing after being involved in a weather event rescue during the Yukon Quest in Alaska. Dave has helped run logistics and trails for the ISDC since it’s inception.
Meet YOUR OFFICIAL RACE VEterINARIANS
We are proud to have so many returning veterinarians to the ISDC. Many have years of Iditarod experience which helps the ISDC provide the best possible care for our athletic dog teams.