June 22, 2018

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2006 Iditarod » Mushers » Eric Rogers

Eric Rogers

Bib Number: 21
Hometown: Eagle River, Alaska
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Biography

Eric Rogers, 61, a PhD Physicist who moved to Alaska from Houston, Texas, in 1992, achieved a childhood dream by finishing the 2006 Iditarod as that year's oldest rookie. In 2009 Eric continues to follow the dream as a member of the over 60 club. Born in California, Eric spent his early years watching Sgt. Preston and reading Jack London. In 1970 he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and trained as a navigator in KC-135's for the Strategic Air Command. In 1972, asa graduation exercise from Navigator School, he flew to Anchorage for the first time and says, "Alaska was everything I had dreamed." He served a brief tour in Southeast Asia in 1973 and made his second trip to Alaska, TDY to Fairbanks in September of that year. He left the Air Force with sinus problems in 1975, returned to graduate school and finished his Ph.D. in theoretical physics at the University of Washington in 1981. He joined Shell Oil in Houston as a geophysicist. In February, 1988, he and his wife, Marti, took a "second honeymoon" to Alaska and drove from Seward to Coldfoot. He says Marti fell in love with it just like he had. He left Shell in 1991 and they moved to Alaska, following a childhood dream. Eric says it is an open question as to whether he will get good at Iditarod or get old first. He is a member of the American Physical Society, Chugiak Dog Mushers, Iditarod and P.R.I.D.E. His hobbies are dogs, history of the North Country, mountains, weather, geology, physics and Alaska. He and Marti are parents of Delphone, 34, Dawn, 31, Andi, 27 and Liz, 26.

 

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2006 Standings

Checkpoint Time In Dogs In Time Out Dogs Out Rest Time Previous Layover Status Distance
Enroute Time Speed (mph) 8hr 24hr
Anchorage 3/04 10:44:00 12
BLM 3/04 12:00:00 12 1h 16m 0.00
Willow 3/05 14:38:00 14 3/05 14:38:00 14 0h 0m 59
Yentna 3/05 19:25:00 14 3/06 01:19:00 14 5h 54m 4h 47m 9.41 45
Skwentna 3/06 04:49:00 14 3/06 04:54:00 14 0h 5m 3h 30m 9.71 34
Finger Lake 3/06 18:41:00 14 3/07 06:30:00 14 11h 49m 13h 47m 3.26 45
Rainy Pass 3/07 11:28:00 14 3/07 16:00:00 14 4h 32m 4h 58m 6.04 30
Rohn 3/07 21:14:00 14 3/08 07:05:00 14 9h 51m 5h 14m 9.17 48
Nikolai 3/08 22:44:00 14 3/09 06:00:00 14 7h 16m 15h 39m 5.94 93
McGrath 3/09 12:01:00 14 3/10 14:17:00 13 26h 16m 6h 1m 7.98 ✔ 48
Takotna 3/10 16:16:00 13 3/10 16:27:00 13 0h 11m 1h 59m 11.60 ✔ 23
Ophir 3/10 19:05:00 13 3/11 07:37:00 12 12h 32m 2h 38m 14.43 ✔ 38
Cripple 3/11 23:51:00 12 3/12 10:48:00 11 10h 57m 16h 14m 3.70 ✔ 60
Ruby 3/13 00:49:00 11 3/13 13:43:00 10 12h 54m 14h 1m 7.99 ✔ ✔ 112
Galena 3/13 22:02:00 10 3/14 08:38:00 10 10h 36m 8h 19m 6.25 ✔ ✔ 52
Nulato 3/14 17:02:00 10 3/15 04:58:00 10 11h 56m 8h 24m 6.19 ✔ ✔ 52
Kaltag 3/15 10:23:00 10 3/15 17:22:00 10 6h 59m 5h 25m 7.75 ✔ ✔ 42
Unalakleet 3/16 15:01:00 10 3/16 22:35:00 9 7h 34m 21h 39m 4.16 ✔ ✔ 90
Shaktoolik 3/17 05:50:00 9 3/17 12:05:00 9 6h 15m 7h 15m 5.52 ✔ ✔ 40
Koyuk 3/17 20:33:00 9 3/18 17:28:00 8 20h 55m 8h 28m 6.85 ✔ ✔ 58
Elim 3/19 00:10:00 8 3/19 10:09:00 8 9h 59m 6h 42m 7.16 ✔ ✔ 48
White Mountain 3/19 18:58:00 8 3/20 09:28:00 8 14h 30m 8h 49m 5.22 ✔ ✔ 46
Safety 3/21 00:15:00 8 3/21 00:35:00 8 0h 20m 14h 47m 3.72 ✔ ✔ 55
Nome 3/21 04:17:50 8 3h 42m 5.95 ✔ ✔ 22