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June 10, 2014
Lawn & Landscape

Downtime with the dogs

Off the clock at her job at Mainscape, Abbie West found time to race in her first Iditarod.

It’s always important to have personal activities outside of work – things that keep you from plopping down in front of the TV after a long day out on jobsites. Many contractors fish, go hunting or spend time with their families.

Abbie West races dog sleds.

West has been dog-sled racing – or mushing – for 18 years. She moved from New Jersey to Alaska in 1995 specifically to learn how to mush dogs. Because training peaks in the winter, West was hoping to find a job in an industry that would give her that flexibility.

“That’s why I started landscaping,” she said, “because I thought it would be a perfect fit for mushing dogs.”

West is the field operations manager for Mainscape’s Alaska branch in Fairbanks, and this past March she took part in her first Iditarod, finishing in 18th place overall, with a time of 9 days 17 hours and 58 minutes. She missed the Rookie of the Year honor by 6 minutes.

“We’ve had actually not very much snow and we had some warm temperatures right before the race so some really treacherous parts that are dangerous even when there is snow, had no snow on it,” West said. “We were just going over rocks and ice and stumps. We were basically just out of control. Normally the Iditarod is easier, but I don’t think this year that was the case.”

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