Who is musher Jacob Witkop?

According to a press release from Iditarod, veteran musher, Rob Cooke has withdrawn from the 2024 Iditarod:

Wasilla, Alaska – Rookie Iditarod Musher, Jacob Witkop, announced today that he has made the decision to withdraw from the 2024 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race®.

The Iditarod Trail Committee wishes Jacob all of the best and we hope to see him and his team on the trail in the future.”

Did you that Jacob used to own Mushing Magazine? 

As a kid in Massena, NY, Jake recruited dogs from around the neighborhood to help him get to friends’ houses to play pond hockey. He became obsessed with mushing and after college he packed the essentials– a pair of underwear, a guitar, and his first sled dogs Hatfield and McCoy– into his Prius and headed to Michigan then Alaska to learn to mush.

Jake is excited to run his rookie Iditarod with the dogs that he has grown up with in the sport of mushing, Hatfield and McCoy, although a little old to race now, will be excited to see Jake and the crew when they get home.