April 16, 2014

Musher Details

2007 Iditarod » Mushers » Donald Smidt

Donald Smidt

Bib Number: 81
Hometown: Van Dyne, WI
Website:


Biography

Donald Smidt, 39, was born in Iowa. He was raised in Rice Lake, Wisconsin on a dairy farm. He majored in Dairy at the University in Madison, Wisconsin, and has since managed large dairy farms. He met his partner Denise Cwiok of Howl ‘n Wind in 1994 and began exhibiting AKC Registered Siberian Huskies, showing many of them to title. As he looked for more adventure, he began mushing and started with skijoring and then moved on to running sprint races. Wanting still more excitement he expanded to mid and long distance racing. He has mushed in Newfoundland from St. John’s to Port Aux Basques and back again, 1083 miles along the Ghost Train run in hopes of creating this new long distance run. He says it’s been his dream to run Iditarod and with the support of Denise and also of Carol Dixon of Troika Kennels, his dream has now become a reality. He enjoys his five year old son, Christopher, who is becoming “a great dog handler.” In his spare time, he back packs, hikes, skies, camps and rides horses. He is a member of the Wisconsin Trail blazers, ISDRA and Snow Rovers.


2007 Standings

Checkpoint Time In Dogs In Time Out Dogs Out Rest Time Previous Layover Status Distance
Enroute Time Speed (mph) 8hr 24hr
Anchorage 3/03 12:56:00 12
Campbell Airstrip (BLM) 3/03 14:20:00 12 1h 24m 0.00
Willow 3/04 16:38:00 16 59
Yentna (YENT-na) 3/04 22:21:00 16 16 5h 43m 7.87 45
Skwentna 3/05 08:19:00 16 3/05 08:40:00 16 0h 21m 34
Finger Lake 3/06 00:16:00 16 3/06 06:15:00 16 5h 59m 15h 36m 2.88 45
Rainy Pass 3/06 12:00:00 16 3/06 19:10:00 16 7h 10m 5h 45m 5.22 30
Rohn (Rone) 3/07 08:01:00 16 3/07 16:24:00 16 8h 23m 12h 51m 3.74 48
Nikolai (NIK-o-lye) 3/08 14:30:00 16 3/09 03:44:00 16 13h 14m 22h 6m 3.62 80
McGrath 3/09 13:02:00 16 3/09 16:28:00 16 3h 26m 9h 18m 5.16 48
Takotna (Ta-COT-na) 3/09 20:05:00 16 3/10 20:10:00 16 24h 5m 3h 37m 4.98 ✔ 18
Ophir (OH-fur) 3/10 23:37:00 16 3/11 06:30:00 16 5h 53m 3h 27m 7.25 ✔ 25
Iditarod (I-DIT-a-rod) 3/12 16:18:00 16 3/12 23:12:00 16 6h 54m 33h 48m 2.66 ✔ 90
Shageluk (SHAG-a-luck) 3/13 13:02:00 16 3/13 17:10:00 16 4h 8m 13h 50m 4.70 ✔ 65
Anvik 3/13 21:45:00 16 3/13 23:15:00 16 1h 30m 4h 35m 5.45 ✔ 25
Grayling 3/14 03:00:00 16 3/14 11:10:00 16 8h 10m 3h 45m 4.80 ✔ ✔ 18
Eagle Island 3/15 01:30:00 16 3/15 11:30:00 16 10h 0m 14h 20m 4.19 ✔ ✔ 60
Kaltag (KAL-tag) 3/16 01:10:00 16 3/16 10:15:00 16 9h 5m 13h 40m 5.12 ✔ ✔ 70
Unalakleet (YOU-na-la-kleet) 3/17 05:37:00 16 3/17 11:30:00 16 5h 53m 19h 22m 4.65 ✔ ✔ 90
Shaktoolik (Shak-TOO-lick) 3/17 21:19:00 16 3/18 04:45:00 16 7h 26m 9h 49m 4.28 ✔ ✔ 42
Koyuk (Coy-uk) 3/18 16:58:00 16 3/18 22:40:00 16 5h 42m 12h 13m 3.93 ✔ ✔ 48
Elim (EE-lum) 3/19 09:10:00 16 3/19 15:38:00 16 6h 28m 10h 30m 4.57 ✔ ✔ 48
White Mountain 3/20 02:05:00 16 3/20 10:05:00 16 8h 0m 10h 27m 4.40 ✔ ✔ 46
Safety 3/20 21:27:00 16 3/20 21:35:00 16 0h 8m 11h 22m 4.84 ✔ ✔ 55
Nome 3/21 02:42:58 16 5h 7m 4.30 ✔ ✔ 22