Name: Sara Sullards

Age: 22

Residence: Pinehurst, North Carolina

Occupation: Executive assistant as well as an event logistics coordinator.

Years involved with Iditarod: Since 2018, so that is… Let me think. Back and forth… I’ve been three times.

Iditarod Role: Helping with the musher parking lot. So I’m actually helping out Jay. We’re parking all of the mushers into their spots, making sure they have everything they need to get started.

Current Location: Willow Community Center

Date of Photo: March 5, 2023

Temperature: -7



What, who or how and when did you first get involved with the Iditarod?

I first became involved with Iditarod back in 2020, during that huge snow storm. I came up with Graceworks Alaska in the summer of 2018 and I worked with Scott Whittaker. We do a lot of mission work in the local parks in the summer and he told me about how Iditarod is a great place to get involved, meet some of the locals, possibly have opportunities to minister, but just to serve, which is what I really love to do. And so that’s when I started coming to Iditarod in 2020. Then I came back for 2021 and I’m back here for 2023.

What is your Why? Why are you here TODAY and involved with the Iditarod?

I’m here today and involved in Iditarod because I have had a heart to serve the people in Alaska since I came in 2018. It is an extreme joy of mine. It gives me so much pleasure to come out here, meet the locals, work with our Graceworks volunteers, and just have opportunities to talk about our ministry and what we do, why we love to serve, and just to have an opportunity to love on the people.

Tell me about just one of your most memorable Iditarod experiences:

One of my most memorable experiences at Iditarod was actually yesterday. I’ve come couple times now, but I’ve never been allowed to drive a snow machine and I’ve finally got permission to drive the snow machine and I had a blast going just about 20 feet. But it was my most memorable experience so far.

What in life do you know for sure?

What I know for sure in life is that I have Jesus in my heart. I accepted Him when I was young, and the fulfillment that I have from knowing Christ is what has given me the opportunity and the heart to serve other people. And I know for a fact that God has called me to be here and He’s called me to help people in any way that I can. So I’m trying to do everything I can with joy and with love, but that is definitely the one thing that I know for sure.


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