The Mushers of Red Dog


Scott Smith

ScottOriginally born and raised in Maine, Scott learned to drive dogs in Wyoming where he began to focus on racing.

Scott started racing in 2000 with shorter sprint races 20-30 miles in length, working his way up to mid-distance races like the Seeley Lake 100/200 in Montana, Can-Am Crown 250 in Maine, the UP 200 in Michigan, and the International Pedigree Stage Stop Sled Dog Race which traverses Wyoming. He ran his first Iditarod in 2004 while still based in Wyoming.

In 2005 Scott relocated to the mushing mecca of Willow, Alaska. He continued to run Iditarod, and also participated in the Kuskokwim 300 in Bethel, the Kobuk 440 which starts in Kotzebue, the Paul Johnson Memorial Norton Sound 450 on the Seward Peninsula, the Copper Basin 300 in Interior Alaska, as well as the Knik 200 from Knik to Skwentna and back. Scott ran his first Yukon Quest in 2013, and is now a veteran of both 1000 mile races.

In Iditarod of 2016, Scott and the dogs of RDR took 10th place. Scott was so under the radar for the whole race that most news outlets and blogs were not even reporting on his run.