PO Box 1022, McCall, ID 83638
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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.

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 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.

Head Veterinarian:  Rhonda Aliah, D.V.M.

Dr. Rhonda Aliah is a 6 year Iditarod veteran and returning this year to work the dropped dog lot in Anchorage. She has 8 years of experience working on the International Pedigree Stage Stop Sled Dog Race in Wyoming and 8 years as race veterinarian for the American Dog Derby in Ashton, ID. She really enjoys watching the dogs and mushers work as a team and the incredible endurance and toughness of both dog and musher.
Dr. Aliah graduated from Michigan State University in 1976. She worked 5 years in the Midwest in a farm practice. In 1981, she moved in Idaho Falls to purchase the Skyline Animal clinic which she owned for 30 years. After selling the practice in 2010, she has operated her own relief veterinary service for the past 7 years and continues to work as the staff veterinarian for the Idaho Falls Zoo, a position she has held for 27 years.
Rhonda has been the Lead Veterinarian for the ISDC since it’s inception in 2018.  She looks forward to continue meeting new mushers and race officials and making this one of the best races in the northwest.

Veterinarian:  Dawn Sessions, D.V.M.

Dr Dawn Sessions went to WSU Veterinary College, graduating in 1990. She purchased Broadway Veterinary Hospital in 1994 and has grown the practice to a 5-Dr 7 day per week booming veterinary clinic. She has been married to Stan Sessions for 31 years and has a daughter Rebecca that is her practice manager. She enjoys cooking, camping, fishing, hunting and traveling.

She has been an Iditarod Trail Vet for 5 years now and loves the cold weather extreme adventure of the race. She also enjoys the local villagers of Alaska and the small aircraft flights taken for the Iditarod trailstops.

She fishes Payette Lake frequently for Mackinaw and has caught some very nice fish while in McCall. She has been a veterinarian for the ISDC since it’s inception in 2018.  She will be here again this year to help the sleddogs and mushers race as safely and smoothly as possible.

Veterinarian:  Chad Hunt, D.V.M.

Dr. Chad Hunt is a two time veteran of the Iditarod. Witnessing the unique human animal bond between mushers and their canine team motivated him to rejoin the 2018 Iditarod team.

He is excited to do his part to help bring the unique sport of sled dog racing back to his home state by vetting the Idaho Sled Dog Challenge.  Chad has been on the ISDC vet team since it’s inception in 2018.


Dr. Hunt received his DVM at WSU in 2008 and completed an interniship under the tutelage of baoraded specialsts at WestVet in 2009. He started Canine Blood Heroes, Boise, a local blood bank, in 2010 and completed advanced training and certification in canine physical therapy and rehabilitation in 2012.

Veterinarian:  Kari Reina, D.V.M.

Dr. Kari Reina, a Califonia native, graduated from Western University of Health Sciences
where she earned her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 2013. She currently resides in
Boise, ID and works with companion and exotic animals at Broadway Veterinary Hospital.
Dr. Reina is passionate about veterinary medicine and enjoys forming bonds with her
patients and creating lasting relationships with their human parents.
Dr. Reina volunteered for the 2019 Idaho Sled Dog Challenge and advanced her knowledge
in sled dog medicine last year at a Sled Dog Medicine continuing education course in
Anchorage, AK. She is excited to return as a trail vet for this years Idaho Sled Dog
Challenge!
In her free time, Dr. Reina enjoys spending time outdoors, exploring, hiking, snowboarding,
camping, bike riding and enjoying quality time with her pets, family and friends.

Veterinarian:  Laura Lefkowitz, D.V.M.

Laura Lefkowitz, DVM  graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1993. She
practiced for 9 years in Western Massachusetts as a family veterinarian. She quit her
job to travel on an around the world trip by bicycle for one year and then decided to
move west to live in the mountains where she is happiest.
From 2002 until 2015 she worked as an emergency veterinarian for Westvet Emergency
and Specialty hospital in Boise, Idaho.  She currently owns and runs Gentle Goodbyes
which is a community of veterinarians who make the option of Home Euthanasia
available to the Treasure Valley Area.  She is an avid skier, backpacker, equestrian and
artist. She currently owns 3 cats, 3 birds, 2 horses and a really naughty poodle.