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Mary Shields

Mary Shields

Mary Shields first came to Alaska in 1965 as a college student working for Campfire Girls. Eventually, she found herself involved with dogs and dog teams, which led to long distance travel, racing, and tourism. Mary was the first woman to complete the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, and currently provides tours of her dogs and kennel in Fairbanks called Alaskan Tails of the Trail.  For more about Mary Shields and her dog team adventures, see Sled Dog Trails by Mary Shields (Fairbanks, AK: Pyrola Publishing Company, 1984).

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