June 19, 2018

Musher Details

2002 Iditarod » Mushers » Lynda Plettner

Lynda Plettner

Bib Number: 13
Hometown: Wasilla, Alaska
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Biography

Currently planning to enter her 13th Iditarod Race, Lynda has been racing in and training others to participate in the Iditarod for 19 years. Lynda and her students have now finished a combined total of 25 Iditarod Sled Dog Races. As a result of her devotion to her dogs and her profession, she has been featured in several documentaries, including a PBS Special. She has a passion for teaching mushing and her expertise has been proven, because eleven of her students have crossed the finish line in Nome.

 

Lynda is one of only a handful of women to repetitively complete the Iditarod, and she strives toward being a role model for young girls and women. In doing so, she hopes to exemplify that anything in life is possible, if one sets his/her mind to it and truly loves that he/she is doing despite the odds.

 

Lynda owns and operates Plettner Sled Dog Kennels. She is 59 years old, was born in New York City and raised in Palm Springs, California. She has trained race horses, worked as a carpenter, and done many interesting things besides mushing. She is the mother of two adult children, Jody and Slade. Her current business, other than dogs, is the assisted living home she manages, a home for mentally challenged and mentally ill adults.

 

Awards

Humanitarian — Sponsored by Alaska Airlines
Most Improved Musher — Sponsored by Global Information Technologies

2002 Standings

Checkpoint Time In Dogs In Time Out Dogs Out Rest Time Previous Layover Status Distance
Enroute Time Speed (mph) 8hr 24hr
Anchorage 3/02 10:26:00 12
Eagle River 3/02 13:26:00 12 3h 0m 0.00
Wasilla 3/03 10:26:00 16 29
Knik 3/03 11:37:00 16 3/03 11:38:00 16 0h 1m 1h 11m 11.83 14
Yentna Station 3/03 17:03:00 16 5h 25m 9.60 52
Skwentna 3/03 23:44:00 16 3/04 07:00:00 16 7h 16m 34
Finger Lake 3/04 10:54:00 16 3/04 14:26:00 16 3h 32m 3h 54m 11.54 45
Rainy Pass 3/04 17:41:00 16 3/05 01:06:00 16 7h 25m 3h 15m 9.23 30
Rohn 3/05 04:50:00 16 3/05 04:58:00 16 0h 8m 3h 44m 12.86 48
Nikolai 3/05 18:29:00 16 3/06 03:53:00 16 9h 24m 13h 31m 6.88 93
McGrath 3/06 08:55:00 16 3/06 09:07:00 16 0h 12m 5h 2m 9.54 48
Takotna 3/06 11:30:00 16 3/07 13:32:00 15 26h 2m 2h 23m 9.65 ✔ 23
Ophir 3/07 16:10:00 15 3/07 16:27:00 15 0h 17m 2h 38m 14.43 ✔ 38
Cripple 3/08 02:05:00 15 3/08 10:22:00 14 8h 17m 9h 38m 6.23 ✔ 60
Ruby 3/08 19:30:00 14 3/09 03:33:00 14 8h 3m 9h 8m 12.26 ✔ ✔ 112
Galena 3/09 09:19:00 14 3/09 15:40:00 14 6h 21m 5h 46m 9.02 ✔ ✔ 52
Nulato 3/09 21:10:00 14 3/10 04:22:00 14 7h 12m 5h 30m 9.45 ✔ ✔ 52
Kaltag 3/10 08:43:00 14 3/10 08:58:00 14 0h 15m 4h 21m 9.66 ✔ ✔ 42
Unalakleet 3/11 02:03:00 14 3/11 07:55:00 14 5h 52m 17h 5m 5.27 ✔ ✔ 90
Shaktoolik 3/11 13:02:00 14 3/11 19:02:00 14 6h 0m 5h 7m 7.82 ✔ ✔ 40
Koyuk 3/12 00:02:00 14 3/12 05:50:00 14 5h 48m 5h 0m 11.60 ✔ ✔ 58
Elim 3/12 11:18:00 14 3/12 14:30:00 13 3h 12m 5h 28m 8.78 ✔ ✔ 48
White Mountain 3/12 19:30:00 13 3/13 03:35:00 13 8h 5m 5h 0m 9.20 ✔ ✔ 46
Safety 3/13 09:40:00 13 3/13 09:45:00 13 0h 5m 6h 5m 9.04 ✔ ✔ 55
Nome 3/13 12:34:24 13 2h 49m 7.81 ✔ ✔ 22