Meet last year’s race officials
2021 Race Officials will be announced September 2020
A race of this caliber requires many volunteers and organizers in order to run smoothly. Meet a few of the people who help create, organize and run the Idaho Sled Dog Challenge.
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.
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 for the ISDC since it’s inception.
Race Marshal: Diana Moroney
Diana began mushing in 1981 and has run nine Iditarods and the Yukon Quest, along with many other races. Diana was the Race Marshal for the 2019 running of the ISDC. She has lived in Alaska since 1976 and works as a commercial pilot. Diana and her husband Bruce, an ISDC race judge and Iditarod veteran, have two sons.
Race Judge: Phil Morgan
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: Bruce Moroney
Bruce and his wife Diana (our ISDC Race Marshal) are from Chugiak, Alaska. Bruce has run the Iditarod twice and continues to support the last great race through volunteering with the Iditarod Air force. He volunteered in 2019 for the first time as an ISDC race judge and is back for his second year. Bruce is a retired pilot.
Race Judge: Stan Smith
Idaho resident for 3 years. Moved to Alaska in 1980 for outdoor adventure.
First race was an 8 mile 2 dog ski-jor race in Eagle River AK. Won first place, but the
down hill was terrifying. Met Jon Van Zyle in mid 80’s and started running his six Siberian huskies with my two Alaskan’s, after buying my first sled from Al Marple.
With the assistance of Earl Norris and Martin Buser, I was able to enter and run in the first three Copper Basin 300 races. I was hooked. I completed two Iditarods, and many smaller races.
Since then I have been a race judge, dog handler, trainer, supporter and many facets of trail work. Worked with the Iditarod Sled Dog Race, Jr Iditarod, (honored with my wife as the Honorary Mushers a few years back, Copper Basin 300, the Northern Lights 300 Sled Dog Race and all of the Sheep Mountain 150 races.
Currently living in Nampa Idaho.
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. This will be his first year as a race judge for the IDSC.
Race Judge: Rick Katucki
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. Rick participated in the Eagle Cap Extreme 8 or 9 times as a musher, and once before as an official. He spent extended time in Alaska on two occasions, racing and training dogs for mid and long distance.
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.
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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.