June 21, 2018

Musher Details

2006 Iditarod » Mushers » Ron Cortte

Ron Cortte

Bib Number: 55
Hometown: Tomahawk, WI
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Biography

In 1974, Ron was living in Galena, Alaska and had the opportunity to watch the Iditarod Sled Dog Race come through the village. He says, “By the end of the month I had built a sled, rounded up a few stray dogs and had my first team. Sled dogs have been a part of my life ever since.” During the 1970’s and ‘80’s he worked as a Physician’s Assistant in rural Alaska and was involved with training community health aides in the villages. He was the first P.A. in Unalakleet and lived there for three years. After one year of working on the North Slope, he moved to Two Rivers and raced in the 1980, ’82 and ’84 Iditarods and competed in the Cold Foot race, the Knik 200 and the Two Rivers races in the “early years.” In 1988, he left Alaska to go to medical school at the University of Washington in Seattle, and completed a Family Practice residency at the University of Wisconsin. They moved to Tomahawk in 1995. Cortte was awarded the Family Practice physician of the Year award by the Wisconsin Academy of Family physicians in 2003. The Cortte’s 50-dog kennel is from their own breeding, which began from Wright-Saunderson bloodlines. For the past three years, he has been mentoring young mushers and is entering rookie Chad Schouweiler in this year’s Iditarod. Cortte, 52, and his wife, Jane, have four children, Dustin 18, Jake 15, George 12 and Robyn 10. He says, “Coming back to the Iditarod is a dream come true after 22 years away and it will be a very special experience.

Sponsors

Ace Hardware, WI
Gessler's Dental Laboratories, WI
Daigle Brothers, Inc., WI
Hetzel Plumbing & Heating, Inc., WI
North Bay Pharmacy, WI
Calhoun's Auto Repair, WI
(all of Tomahawk, WI)
Marten Transport, LTD, WI
Northern Sled Works, AK
Hilgy's LP Gas, WI
Marcie Schmit, WI

Jerry & Becky Frese, WI
Dogbooties.com, MN
Morrie & Betty Norman, WI
Northern Skies Unlimited, LLC, WI
Animal Health Care, WI
Louisiana Pacific Corp, WI
Jo Rick, WI
Howard & Colleen Hammer, WI
Cortte Family, WI
Joy Schumacher, WI
Randy Schumacher, WI


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 11:58:00 12
BLM 3/04 13:11:00 12 1h 13m 0.00
Willow 3/05 15:46:00 16 3/05 15:46:00 16 0h 0m 59
Yentna 3/05 19:42:00 16 3/05 19:42:00 16 0h 0m 3h 56m 11.44 45
Skwentna 3/06 03:39:00 16 3/06 08:03:00 16 4h 24m 7h 57m 4.28 34
Finger Lake 3/06 15:05:00 16 3/06 21:48:00 14 6h 43m 7h 2m 6.40 45
Rainy Pass 3/07 02:08:00 14 3/07 09:55:00 14 7h 47m 4h 20m 6.92 30
Rohn 3/07 16:08:00 14 3/08 08:13:00 13 16h 5m 6h 13m 7.72 48
Nikolai 3/08 20:33:00 13 3/09 07:55:00 13 11h 22m 12h 20m 7.54 93
McGrath 3/09 14:01:00 13 3/10 15:14:00 12 25h 13m 6h 6m 7.87 ✔ 48
Takotna 3/10 17:26:00 12 3/10 17:28:00 12 0h 2m 2h 12m 10.45 ✔ 23
Ophir 3/10 20:06:00 12 3/11 04:29:00 12 8h 23m 2h 38m 14.43 ✔ 38
Cripple 3/11 19:39:00 12 3/12 10:40:00 12 15h 1m 15h 10m 3.96 ✔ 60
Ruby 3/13 01:47:00 12 3/13 13:35:00 12 11h 48m 15h 7m 7.41 ✔ ✔ 112
Galena 3/13 20:40:00 12 3/14 05:00:00 11 8h 20m 7h 5m 7.34 ✔ ✔ 52
Nulato 3/14 11:32:00 11 3/14 21:16:00 11 9h 44m 6h 32m 7.96 ✔ ✔ 52
Kaltag 3/15 01:44:00 11 3/15 12:09:00 11 10h 25m 4h 28m 9.40 ✔ ✔ 42
Unalakleet 3/16 06:11:00 11 3/16 13:48:00 11 7h 37m 18h 2m 4.99 ✔ ✔ 90
Shaktoolik 3/16 19:09:00 11 3/17 04:34:00 10 9h 25m 5h 21m 7.48 ✔ ✔ 40
Koyuk 3/17 11:24:00 10 3/17 19:47:00 9 8h 23m 6h 50m 8.49 ✔ ✔ 58
Elim 3/18 01:40:00 9 3/18 09:40:00 9 8h 0m 5h 53m 8.16 ✔ ✔ 48
White Mountain 3/18 16:52:00 9 3/19 01:18:00 8 8h 26m 7h 12m 6.39 ✔ ✔ 46
Safety 3/19 08:26:00 8 3/19 08:44:00 8 0h 18m 7h 8m 7.71 ✔ ✔ 55
Nome 3/19 12:04:59 8 3h 20m 6.60 ✔ ✔ 22