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Natalie Norris

Natalie Norris

Originally from Lake Placid, New York, Natalie Norris grew up with a love of dogs and started sled dog racing at age thireen. She came to Alaska in 1946 and in 1947 married Earl Norris, a dog musher in Willow, Alaska who pioneered the dog team route up to the base camp on the North Side of Denali. Natalie continued her enthusiasm for sled dogs and in 1947 was the first woman to run in the Fur Rendezvous World Championship Sled Dog Race in Anchorage. Natalie stayed involved with dogs by breeding registered Siberian huskies, judging dog shows, and by continuing to race. Natalie helped many young people interested in mushing, and shared her knowledge about the malamute and Siberian husky by authoring many articles. Natalie participated in the interview with Earl in 2000 for the Denali Mountaineering Project Jukebox where they talk about early dog team support on Denali. Natalie Norris passed away in August 28 2016. For more about Natalie Norris, see "Remembering Natalie Norris" on the Iditarod website.

Date of Birth:
Jan 24, 1992
Date of Death:
Aug 28, 2016
Natalie Norris appears in the following new Jukebox projects: