Christina Gibson

Robert Forto

Robert Forto

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

Join host Robert Forto as he welcomes junior musher, Christina Gibson to Mushing Radio. Gibson lives in Washington with a team of eight sled dogs and she wants to win the Iditarod one day!



Christina Gibson is 16 years old, and lives in Carlton WA, located in the Methow Valley. She runs Whiteout Racing Kennel LLC.

This winter she is preparing her team of dogs and herself to compete in the 2018 Junior Iditarod, a 150 mile dog race for teens in Alaska. Christina will be the second junior from Washington state to do so if she is successful. 

Christina hopes to eventually produce a top competitive mid-distance team racing at 100-250 miles, while also promoting high standards of care for Sled Dogs, and eventually moving towards distance racing.

Her main goal is to compete in and win the world famous, Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, a 1,000 mile dog race through Alaska’s wilderness.

Favorite Quote:

Courage doesn’t mean you don’t get afraid. Courage means you don’t let fear stop you. — BETHANY HAMILTON.


Laura Daugerau/Night Runner Kennel, Windigo Outfitters, Head-Lites Pet Products, Winthrop Mountain Sports, Product Research Gear, Earth and Sky, Cera Products Inc. 

What we discuss on this episode:

  • When did you get started in dog mushing?
  • Tell us about your dogs?
  • Tell us about your plans for running the Junior Iditarod in Alaska.
  • Tell us a story about one of your favorite dogs.

Christina shares a story about one of her lead dogs, Freckles, This is her in the picture!

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.

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Robert Forto

Robert Forto

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

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