Tara was born and raised just outside Buffalo, New York. After completing her undergrad at Canisius College, adventure and the pulls of Alaska called her name. She applied and was accepted to KNOM Radio’s Volunteer program, and moved to Nome, AK in August 2013. It was there she learned of the mushing world, covering various sled dog races and witnessing her first Iditarod finish.
While working at KNOM, she was introduced to a local Nome musher whom she worked with for her first season in the sport. She ran and completed her rookie race in 2015 with her finish of the Kuskokwim 300. She spent the 2016 season watching from Buffalo, but after trekking back to Nome to watch her third Iditarod finish, she knew she had to go back.
Tara and Kristin met during the 2015 season, as Tara hosted Jeff King and handling crew in Nome for the 2015 Iditarod. With a leap of faith, Tara contacted Kristin summer 2016, interested in working with dogs again. The two joined forces that winter, and Kristin and doggies warmly welcomed Tara to the Bacon’s Acres Team.
The opportunity to run two more qualifiers was presented and she took it, finishing both the Willow 300 and Tustumena 200 this past season. The completion of these races qualified Tara to run the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.
As we speak, the Bacon’s Acres' team and Tara are thrilled to be preparing for Iditarod 2018!!!