Riley grew up in Shenandoah, Iowa, and now resides in Fox, AK. He has been racing for 4 years. He started his career as a musher by working as a tour guide in Colorado, and was quickly hooked. He moved to Alaska in 2013 and worked for Alaska Icefield Expeditions, where he has worked every summer since (maybe you met him there!) doing sled dog tours. He moved to the Fairbanks area of Alaska and began acquiring dogs and building his kennel. He and his team are working towards running the 2018 Yukon Quest.