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Po Box 831
Kotzebue, AK 99752


2011 Iditarod Champion

Team Baker took 1st place in the 2011 Iditarod Sled Dog Race. They set a new record by completing the race in 8 days; 18 hours; 46 minutes; and 39 seconds – smashing the record by 4 hours.

The ‘team’ in Team Baker includes the dogs, the dog driver, and family and friends who are dedicated to the preparation and behind the scenes operations that help John to be competitive.

John's Focus Takes Him to the Top of the Pack

He calls himself a simple man from Kotzebue who grew up with a love of flying and mushing dogs.  Then, in 2011 John Quniaq Baker won the hearts of the world - and became the pride of Native America - when he shattered the Iditarod Trail race record by three hours.  John is the first Inupiaq champion in the event's history and the first Alaska Native to win the race since 1976.  

Today John is training full -time and sharing his inspirational message with Alaskans and others, particularly with his favorite audience - today's youth.  He tells the story of how to overcome challenge by staying focused. "Never, never give up."

Dream. Try. Win Video:  Learn about John and his dream to win the Iditarod

Dream. Try. Win:  Attitude

Dream. Try. Win: Community

Dream. Try. Win:  Leadership