Name: Susie Stevens
Residence: Anchorage, Alaska
Occupation: Account manager at Lynden Transport
Years involved with the Iditarod: 1
Iditarod Role: Iditarod Sponsor
Current Location: Lakefront Hotel, Anchorage, Alaska at Sponsor Appreciation Lunch
Date of Photo: May 20, 2022
Temperature: 62F Outdoors
What, who or how and when did you first get involved with the Iditarod?
I got involved with the Iditarod through the charitable contributions committee at Lynden Transport. I had taken over for someone who had retired recently. And then, yeah, just a couple phone calls with Rob. I presented the sponsorship opportunities to our committee and we decided to move forward with the elite dog level sponsorship.
What is your Why? Why are you here TODAY and involved with the Iditarod?
I’m here today because we were a major sponsor of the Iditarod. I mean, kind of almost every Alaskan who grew up in Anchorage, you’re around the Iditarod your whole life. I remember my parents used to pack us up every winter and you found a spot on the ceremonial start trail. So, it was kind of special to kind of be more involved with what goes into the Iditarod and learn more about it. And, yeah, that’s why I’m here today.
Tell me about just one of your most memorable Iditarod experiences.
My most memorable Iditarod experience was just getting out there every year with my family. My brothers and I would always pack up. My parents would pack us all into our snowsuits. I’ve got three younger brothers, so I’m sure that was a task. We would find a spot downtown and watch them all come down the hill and start the race. It was just a fun family experience.
What in life do you know for sure?
What I know in life for sure is that if you always work hard and have fun, everything will turn out great. My dad always tells us before we start any new adventure or get a new job or anything, he always says “Work hard and have fun.” I kind of think that ties into the Iditarod. I mean, the mushers, all year, are working hard to train their dogs and go through the race and I’m sure they have fun along the way.