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Brockport teen trains for Junior Iditarod

Posted at: 11/21/2012 5:10 PM
Updated at: 11/21/2012 5:52 PM
By: Christine VanTimmeren

A 16-year-old from Brockport is currently training for the adventure of his life. He will be sacrificing school and time with his friends to chase his dream.

Noah Pereira is a junior at Brockport High School. He's an honor roll student who dedicates himself to his studies. But Noah also has another passion, a passion that's going to take him to the other side of the country for a competition most of us wouldn't dream of doing.

Not many people are lucky enough in life to have eight best friends.

Pereira said, “They always want to see people and they're just so friendly.”

The conversations don't have to be long winded, but 16-year-old Noah Pereira can still you about each and every one of his best friends.

Pereria said, “Each one of them, they all act differently, but they're always there you know.”

Everyday the lives of his Alaskan huskies are in his hands.

Pereira said, “We feed them, water them. They all eat raw chicken.”

But come February, his life will be in their paws. Noah is training for the Junior Iditarod, that's up in Alaska. It's 140 miles. It's a two day race, Noah will navigate by himself.

Pereira said, “I've raced small races around here, but nothing like that one up there. So hopefully I'll do alright. It's amazing, they get going and the snow is under you going “shh” and it's quiet and mountains all around you in Alaska.”

To most 16-year-olds, spending two days in the quiet Alaskan wilderness sounds like punishment. To Noah, it's the opportunity of a lifetime with his best friends.

Pereira said, “Really just to get more time to spend with dogs, that'll be all it is to me. I'll be so excited for that.”

On December 1, Noah and his dad will go to Alaska to train for the race on February 23. He'll be training from the best too. Dallas Seavey, who won last year's adult Iditarod race.

Most of the dogs he'll use will belong to Seavey. He's hoping at least one of the dogs he's training with now will be able to handle the race. But of course, the temperatures up there are much different than in Rochester, probably close to -40 degrees.

The school is completely on board with him doing this. However, while he is in Alaska training, his teachers will be emailing him assignments and posting notes on the school's website. He can take tests online.

Many of his teachers agree doing the Iditarod is an educational experience in itself, so he's getting school credit for that.

If you want to follow Noah's journey, click here.