September 21, 2018

Musher Details

2003 Iditarod » Mushers » Frank Sihler

Frank Sihler

Bib Number: 21
Hometown: Wasilla, Alaska
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Biography

Frank Sihler, 41, was born in Germany and came to Alaska in 2001 “to escape from overcrowded places with too many rules.” He started with one Siberian Husky, skijoring through the European Alps in 1987. A few years later, he opened the first “mushing school” in Germany, turning his hobby into a profession. Frank participated in the Alpirod in 1990 and 1991 and had already started dreaming about the Iditarod way back then. He raced many sprint races in all classes, from local races over European Championships to the Open North American Championships in 1995. From 1996 until 2001, he owned and operated a sled dog tourist business in Northern Finland, about 100 miles north of the polar circle. Frank says "I'm back in the Iditarod after a two year break because it is the superbowl of mushing! This year I will take it easy. I have a lot of young puppies in my team. This will be my first year running with my own breeding lines. He is married to Claudia, a former Iditarod veterinarian. He enjoys boating and building houses.


2003 Standings

Checkpoint Time In Dogs In Time Out Dogs Out Rest Time Previous Layover Status Distance
Enroute Time Speed (mph) 8hr 24hr
Anchorage 3/01 10:44:00 6
Campbel Airstrip (BLM) 3/01 11:48:00 6 1h 4m 0.00
Ruby 3/03 10:38:00 16 317
Galena 3/03 15:21:00 16 3/03 20:50:00 16 5h 29m 4h 43m 11.02 52
Nulato 3/04 10:09:00 16 3/04 17:09:00 14 7h 0m 13h 19m 3.90 52
Kaltag 1 3/05 07:44:00 14 3/05 14:35:00 13 6h 51m 14h 35m 2.88 42
Eagle Island 1 3/06 23:19:00 13 3/07 11:00:00 13 11h 41m 32h 44m 2.14 70
Grayling 1 3/07 20:06:00 13 3/08 21:34:00 13 25h 28m 9h 6m 6.59 ✔ 60
Anvik 3/09 03:10:00 13 3/09 09:16:00 12 6h 6m 5h 36m 3.21 ✔ 18
Grayling 2 3/09 13:10:00 12 3/09 21:14:00 12 8h 4m 3h 54m 4.62 ✔ ✔ 18
Eagle Island 2 3/10 11:18:00 12 3/10 18:15:00 12 6h 57m 14h 4m 4.27 ✔ ✔ 60
Kaltag 2 3/11 01:41:00 12 3/11 09:41:00 12 8h 0m 7h 26m 9.42 ✔ ✔ 70
Unalakleet 3/11 12:09:00 12 3/11 12:11:00 12 0h 2m 2h 28m 36.49 ✔ ✔ 90
Shaktoolik 3/11 14:58:00 12 3/11 22:06:00 11 7h 8m 2h 47m 15.09 ✔ ✔ 42
Koyuk 3/12 09:25:00 11 3/12 09:34:00 11 0h 9m 11h 19m 4.24 ✔ ✔ 48
Elim 3/12 23:52:00 11 3/13 10:29:00 10 10h 37m 14h 18m 3.36 ✔ ✔ 48
White Mountain 3/14 03:00:00 10 3/14 08:57:00 9 5h 57m 16h 31m 2.79 ✔ ✔ 46
Safety 3/14 15:34:00 9 3/15 08:42:00 9 17h 8m 6h 37m 8.31 ✔ ✔ 55
Nome 3/15 14:54:00 9 3/15 20:55:00 9 6h 1m 6h 12m 3.55 ✔ ✔ 22