Trent Herbst is a 4th grade teacher living in Ketchum, Idaho. He has taught elementary students for 16 years in Argentina, Dominican Republic, Germany, Switzerland before settling in Idaho in 2007.
While teaching in Europe, his students introduced him to the Iditarod as a class project. Four years later, Trent and his family moved to Michigan and then onto Alaska to learn how to run sled dogs. He ran his first race in 2006, and completed his 8th Iditarod in 2016. Trent also completed the Yukon Quest in 2012, joining the small club of mushers who have finished in both grueling 1000 mile races in the same year.
Teaching is a huge part of Trent’s life and he incorporates this unique sport into his classroom. Typically, his students are constructing race sleds and snowshoes. They will also help by measuring dog food, sorting gear and making the musher meals for the race.
Trent and his wife Candida have a 14 year-old daughter Kali who races dog events on her own, and helps with fall training and kennel care. They also have a 5-year old daughter Kire.
(c) 2017 Trent Herbst