#18 Rafael Nelson

18 -Rafael Nelson from Wayland, Michigan.
Age 29.

Rafael Nelson began working seasonally in outdoor recreation in 2012. He spends his summers running rivers and a few years ago he worked with a guy who worked for a tour kennel in Colorado during the winter. Rafael says he’s always been a little bitter about never having had a dog growing up — his parents claimed they “traveled too much.” So he was very intrigued by the idea of living and working with 100 dogs for Jerry and Rachael Scdoris and is excited to start his racing career “at one of the biggest races in the country in a spectacular setting.” Please welcome this rookie to the big league.

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