Charmayne Morrison and the Junior Iditarod

Robert Forto

Robert Forto

@robertforto | Executive producer and co-host of Dog Works Radio

Join host Robert Forto as he welcomes back Charmayne Morrison as she talks about her recent Junior Iditarod race and what it was like to arrive in Alaska just in time to make it to the starting line with a team of dogs she borrowed from a fellow musher.


My name is Charmayne Morrison, I am a 16 year old junior musher from Polson, Montana. I am technically a junior in high school but will be graduating a year early, this June. I started Morrison Racing Kennel in February 2014 with three dogs. It has expanded to the 18 Alaskan Huskies that I have now. I am the only musher in my family and I train my dogs completely by myself. In 2015, we ran the 100 mile Junior Race to The Sky. We ended up scratching, however, after taking a wrong turn. Last year, I had the opportunity to handle for another musher instead of racing.

On this episode we discuss:

  1. Her last minute trip to Alaska to run the Junior Iditarod
  2. Running a team in the big race that she only met a couple weeks before
  3. We talk about the race what it’s like to be a Junior Iditarod finisher
  4. What is next…

Host, Robert Forto’s Bio:

Robert is the training director for Alaska Dog Works where they train dogs for canine obedience, working dogs, therapy dogs and service dogs for clients all over North America. He is also a dog musher and he and his wife operate a 40-dog mushing kennel in Willow, Alaska, called Team Ineka. They can often be seen at local races and leading expeditions in the Alaska backcountry with outdoor leadership students at the University of Alaska. Robert is the producer of Dog Works Radio that has been on the air since 2009 and is currently simulcast on a local radio station, KVRF in Palmer, Alaska.

Host, Alex Stein’s Bio:

Alex M. Stein is a writer, documentary filmmaker, and storyteller living in Los Angeles while pining for the Northern Lights. He is the author of the personal essay collection NO, MR. BOND, I EXPECT YOUR DREAMS TO DIE and directed the Iditarod documentary MUSH. He was married in Alaska, above the Arctic Circle, at the northernmost saloon in the world, by the bartender. Alex has been a host on Dog Works Radio since 2012 and he can be heard on our mushing broadcasts and during our annual nightly Iditarod coverage each March. 

Favorite Quote:

“She turned her “can’ts” into “cans” and her dreams into plans.”

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Robert Forto

Robert Forto

@robertforto | Executive producer and co-host of Dog Works Radio

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