June 20, 2018

Musher Details

2009 Iditarod » Mushers » Bruce Linton

Bruce Linton

Bib Number: 40
Hometown: Kasilof, Alaska
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Biography

Bruce Linton, 49, was born in New York City and was raised in the suburbs of Philadelphia. He studied at Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania where he received two degrees, one in Environmental Science and the other in Mathematics/Computer Science. Soon after graduation, Bruce worked as an Environmental Scientist near Boston and at the same time pursued his Master’s Degree in Hazardous Waste Management at Tufts University. In 1994, he moved to Vermont and worked for the State of Vermont as an Environmental Analyst.

In 1998, he began mushing and soon after started a dog sled touring business called Green Mountain Dog Sled Adventures. Green Mountain Dog Sled Adventures grew quickly and in 2004 Bruce resigned from his State job to run his sled dog touring business full time. Unexpectedly, the touring business took over his life and he realized that he couldn’t live his dreams of training and racing his dogs while at the same time running his business.

Bruce made the big move from Vermont to Alaska in the summer of 2006 with his wife Melissa so that he could fulfill his lifelong dream of running the Iditarod. He has completed the last five Iditarods and has bettered his finishing position each year.

In his spare time Bruce enjoys running marathons and competing in triathlons. He has completed 12 marathons, three Ironman triathlons, and hundreds of other athletic events. Bruce has managed to fulfill all of these accomplishments as a Type 1 diabetic which brings its own set of challenges. Bruce is committed to raise awareness about diabetes and to spread his message that diabetes can achieve anything as long as they take care of themselves, live a healthy lifestyle, and “dream big” with a positive attitude. Bruce believes that diabetes should not be limited by their medical condition and has renamed his kennel to align with that philosophy – No Limits Sled Dog Kennel. He has given talks about the Iditarod and living one’s dream to thousands of children around the country and has been featured in several TV shows.

When Bruce is not training his dogs or giving presentations, he is an Environmental Compliance Officer for Homer Electric Association. Bruce and Melissa have a 3 year old son named Brody and a one year old daughter named Shea.

Sponsors

Applied Equipment Sales, Inc., OK
Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, OK
Top Rung Inspection & Testing, LLC, CT
Sky Trekking Alaska
Charlie’s Landscaping, IL
Sabold Elementary School, PA
Central and West Elementary Schools, NE
Salk Elementary School, OK
Daily’s Web Design
AK Custom Meats
Diabetes Sports and Wellness Foundation, WI

Soldotna Animal Hospital
Kasilof Mercantile
R & J Seafood
Echo Lake Superior Meats
Mickey's Custom Sewing
Jersey Subs
Blaine Baird, OK
Howling Wolf Furs
Bootie Brigade
Arrowhead Fabrics


2009 Standings

Checkpoint Time In Dogs In Time Out Dogs Out Rest Time Previous Layover Status Distance
Enroute Time Speed (mph) 8hr 24hr
Anchorage 3/07 11:25:00 12
Willow 3/08 15:16:00 16
Yentna 3/08 19:05:00 16 3/08 19:09:00 16 0h 4m 3h 49m 17.29 66
Skwentna 3/08 22:13:00 16 3/09 03:35:00 15 5h 22m 3h 4m 11.09 34
Finger Lake 3/09 08:33:00 15 3/09 08:54:00 15 0h 21m 4h 58m 9.06 45
Rainy Pass 3/09 18:23:00 15 3/09 18:26:00 15 0h 3m 9h 29m 3.16 30
Rohn 3/09 23:08:00 15 3/10 04:36:00 15 5h 28m 4h 42m 10.21 48
Nikolai 3/10 17:20:00 15 3/10 23:52:00 13 6h 32m 12h 44m 5.89 75
McGrath 3/11 06:51:00 13 3/11 06:58:00 13 0h 7m 6h 59m 7.73 54
Takotna 3/11 09:51:00 13 3/12 11:02:00 13 25h 11m 2h 53m 6.24 ✔ 18
Ophir 3/12 13:57:00 13 3/12 14:20:00 12 0h 23m 2h 55m 8.57 ✔ 25
Iditarod 3/13 07:40:00 12 3/13 14:05:00 12 6h 25m 17h 20m 5.19 ✔ 90
Shageluk 3/13 22:39:00 12 3/14 04:50:00 11 6h 11m 8h 34m 7.59 ✔ 65
Anvik 3/14 08:20:00 11 3/14 08:28:00 11 0h 8m 3h 30m 7.14 ✔ 25
Grayling 3/14 11:01:00 11 3/14 19:14:00 11 8h 13m 2h 33m 7.06 ✔ ✔ 18
Eagle Island 3/15 05:21:00 11 3/15 12:56:00 11 7h 35m 10h 7m 5.93 ✔ ✔ 60
Kaltag 3/16 05:18:00 11 3/16 21:57:00 11 16h 39m 16h 22m 4.28 ✔ ✔ 70
Unalakleet 3/17 15:25:00 11 3/18 01:33:00 11 10h 8m 17h 28m 5.15 ✔ ✔ 90
Shaktoolik 3/18 07:27:00 11 3/18 10:00:00 11 2h 33m 5h 54m 6.78 ✔ ✔ 40
Koyuk 3/18 17:03:00 11 3/18 21:59:00 11 4h 56m 7h 3m 8.23 ✔ ✔ 58
Elim 3/19 05:00:00 11 3/19 10:58:00 11 5h 58m 7h 1m 6.84 ✔ ✔ 48
White Mountain 3/19 17:53:00 11 3/20 02:06:00 11 8h 13m 6h 55m 6.65 ✔ ✔ 46
Safety 3/20 08:47:00 11 3/20 08:55:00 11 0h 8m 6h 41m 8.23 ✔ ✔ 55
Nome 3/20 11:55:05 11 3h 0m 7.33 ✔ ✔ 22