Dempsey Woods, Sr. is from Shungnak, Alaska and grew up dog mushing on the Kobuk River. The sport and lifestyle was passed down from his family. He has competed in the Kobuk 440 ten times, his first race being in 1997, and his best finish being sixth. Woods has competed in the Taaqpak 120 several times and took home his third championship in 2021. He has 12 dogs at Miss Haley Kennels, and his lead dogs are Cagney and Sandy. His sponsors are Mark Keller, June's boys, and his wife and kids. He would also like to extend a big thank you to the people of Kotzebue and the NANA region who have helped his team over the years, as well as his dog handler, Bristol.
Follow Dempsey in this year's Kobuk 440 here.