Nicolas Petit grew up in Normandy and always loved animals. He moved to New Mexico in 1992, where he finished high school and then to Alaska because he “loved snow.” He adopted “Ugly”, a gorgeous Alaskan Mutt, put a harness on him and the adventure began. He traveled all over the state and began racing while working for Jim Lanier.
“In 2011, Jim’s hip gave him trouble, so I took his wonderful white dogs to Nome.” He also lived in Girdwood, Alaska, and worked for Dario Daniels, whose training techniques live on through his calm mushing demeanor. Nic and his team of furry “kids” are decorated athletes winning races across Alaska and placing as high as 2nd in Iditarod.
Hunter Keefe, age 20 from Okemos, Michigan has dreamt of becoming a musher since he was 6 years old watching Balto. His first dog race was when he started sprint mushing in middle school. His goal was to start handling for a long-distance kennel as soon as he graduated high school.
Hunter’s Uncle went on Nic’s tour with Girdwood Mushing Company in June of 2018 and put in a good word for him. He showed up in August to Girdwood Alaska and has been working with Team Petit since. Hunter has completed the Kobuk 440 above the Arctic circle and is working on completing his Iditarod qualifier this winter. He hopes to return to Kobuk this season to try to win the “most improved musher.”
Katie Lloyd has been involved with Team Petit as a sponsor since 2017. Her husband John Lloyd, with Arctic Chiropractic, is the team Chiropractor. Originally from Western New York State, this dog-obsessed woman has lived a life filled with animals and adventurous pursuits. She’s a retired NFL Cheerleader for the Buffalo Bills and spent 15 years hiking, biking, snowboarding and running in the great state of Colorado.
She is a 6-time Ironman triathlete, has ridden her bike across the continental United States and was once a Pack Burro Racer- Colorado’s extremely unique state sport! She is 5 years Alaskan and is in her rookie season of Alaska’s state sport! She could not be more excited or grateful to be part of this amazing team of mushers and canine athletes. She competed for her first sled dog race just recently at the Eureka Lodge 156. Katie lives in South Anchorage with her husband, 2 young children, and 3 house dogs. In her spare time, she LOVES fishing and camping.