September 24, 2018

Musher Details

2004 Iditarod » Mushers » Al Hardman

Al Hardman

Bib Number: 86
Hometown: Ludington, MI
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Biography

Al Hardman, 65, as born and raised in Hamilton, Ontario, where he grew up with a great love of the outdoors. He received a degree in civil engineering in 1966 and in 1979 developed Hardman Construction, Inc., a heavy construction company. Currently retired as CEO of Hardman Construction in Ludington, Michigan, he started mushing in 1990 with his two pet Samoyeds. He entered his first mid-distance race in January 1993, and he and his wife traveled to Alaska that same year to watch the beginning of the Iditarod.  That was the beginning of his addiction to the sport of sled dog racing. After setting up Alcan Kennels with carefully selected Alaskan Huskies, he ran his first Iditarod in 1997, saying, "That race was the best adventure I have ever undertaken. The thrill and challenge of the race made such a lasting impression that he ran and completed the Iditarod again in 2000 and 2002. In 2002, Al and fellow Iditarod musher, Lloyd Gilbertson, established the Seney 300, a 300+ mile/five day Iditarod Qualifier and training run, held in Michigan's beautiful Upper Peninsula. Their goal is to teach rookie and recreational mushers how to camp and run the 300-mile distance safely and without assistance. He is a member of the Lions Club, and the Mason County Foundation. Al says he enjoys hunting and fishing. He and his wife are the parents of five grown children: Kim, Karen, Jennifer, Tim, and Ted.


2004 Standings

Checkpoint Time In Dogs In Time Out Dogs Out Rest Time Previous Layover Status Distance
Enroute Time Speed (mph) 8hr 24hr
Anchorage 3/06 13:07:00 12
BLM 3/13 03:47:00 13 3/13 11:47:00 13 8h 0m 158h 40m 0.00 ✔ ✔
Willow 3/13 20:38:00 13 3/14 07:16:00 10 10h 38m 8h 51m 3.50 ✔ ✔ 31
Yentna 3/14 14:15:00 10 3/14 20:05:00 10 5h 50m 6h 59m 2.43 ✔ ✔ 17
Skwentna 3/15 01:40:00 10 3/15 10:04:00 10 8h 24m 5h 35m 6.09 ✔ ✔ 34
Finger Lake 3/16 02:31:00 10 3/16 09:01:00 9 6h 30m 16h 27m 2.74 ✔ ✔ 45
Rainy Pass 3/16 15:15:00 9 3/16 21:11:00 9 5h 56m 6h 14m 4.81 ✔ ✔ 30
Rohn 3/17 11:44:00 9 3/18 07:12:00 9 19h 28m 14h 33m 3.30 ✔ ✔ 48
Nikolai 3/18 13:18:00 9 3/18 18:33:00 8 5h 15m 6h 6m 15.25 ✔ ✔ 93
McGrath 3/19 00:51:00 8 3/19 09:12:00 8 8h 21m 6h 18m 7.62 ✔ ✔ 48
Takotna 3/19 15:49:00 8 3/19 15:55:00 8 0h 6m 6h 37m 3.48 ✔ ✔ 23
Ophir 3/12 07:47:00 3/12 16:00:00 13 8h 13m -177h -8m -0.21 ✔ 38
Cripple 3/11 15:14:00 3/11 15:30:00 13 0h 16m -25h -46m -2.33 ✔ 60
Ruby 3/06 14:10:00 -122h -20m -0.92 112
Galena 3/07 12:48:00 16 52
Nulato 3/07 16:29:00 16 3/07 16:34:00 16 0h 5m 3h 41m 14.12 52
Kaltag 3/07 19:50:00 16 16 3h 16m 12.86 42
Unalakleet 3/08 06:52:00 16 3/08 06:55:00 16 0h 3m 90
Shaktoolik 3/08 11:25:00 16 16 4h 30m 8.89 40
Koyuk 3/08 22:20:00 16 3/09 07:50:00 15 9h 30m 58
Elim 3/09 18:05:00 15 3/10 03:11:00 14 9h 6m 10h 15m 4.68 48
White Mountain 3/10 09:17:00 14 3/10 09:19:00 14 0h 2m 6h 6m 7.54 46
Safety 3/10 12:09:00 14 3/11 12:15:00 14 24h 6m 2h 50m 19.41 ✔ 55
Nome 3/19 18:42:24 198h 27m 0.11 ✔ ✔ 22