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Source: National Geographic

Has 'Life Below Zero' Star Jessie Holmes Ever Won the Iditarod Race?

By Anna Quintana

This season on Life Below Zero, Jessie Holmes focus may have shifted from the Iditarod race to building his new cabin — but his dogs remain his top priority.

His current home is over 40 years old, which prompted Jessie, 36, to spend the summer building a new cabin for himself and his racing pups. "Before I moved to Nenana, what I did was I was a carpenter," he said on the National Geographic series. "I built a lot of nice houses for a lot of people with a lot of money. My goal is to build myself as nice of a cabin as I built for those people. I deserve that and I want to up my living conditions to where I can feel at peace in my house."

And he definitely deserves it. 

Jessie placed in the 2018 Iditarod race. 

For those who don't know much about the annual Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, it's a long-distance run in early March from Anchorage to Nome — and each musher covers the 975 miles with their team of 16 sled dogs in anywhere from 8 to 15 days. Not to mention, the average temps in Alaska during this time of year are normally below zero, and blizzard conditions are not unusual.