Darcy Stanley-Nord

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Darcy Stanley-Nord

Darcy Stanley-Nord

Milaca, MN

My name is Darcy. I am a Mom, a wife, a teacher and sometimes a musher. Every year, I question if I should hug or kick Jake Hway in the shin from Chilly dogs in Ely, MN, for taking me out on my first sled dog adventure. The first time I was on the runners, unbeknownst to my husband, I knew I had to have my own team. I never thought about racing until after I had a team, and the next thing you know, I have a kennel of my own with 19 dogs (as of today because Lord knows it changes and somehow more just magically appear).

What other races have you completed to qualify for the marathon?

We finished our first Mid 120 race in 2019 and raced it again last year in 2020. Before that, we completed the Recreational race several times and even placed a few times. We have raced, The lake Minnetonka Klondike dog Derby, The Mid MN 150, The Wolf Tracks classic, The White Oak and The Copperdog.

How many lead dogs in your team?

We try to get all dogs lead, but the four of my top picks for this year are Genghis, Shag, Aspen and Kersee

Who are your dog handlers?

My head handler is my husband Scott Nord , longtime friend Julie Wagner and also my handler from the Minnetonka Race and whoever else I can trick or convince to help out.

What is your age as of Jan 25, 2020?


Kennel name

NordStar Racing

How can people find you on social media?

NordStar Racing OR @DarcyNord

Rig size

50 ft truck and enclosed 16 ft trailer

Who are your sponsors?


What inspired you to start running sled dogs and how old were you when you started?

A teacher and Jake Hway from Chilly dogs started this adventure. Our kennel has been racing nine to ten years now.