September 25, 2018

Musher Details

2010 Iditarod » Mushers » Martin Buser

Martin Buser

Bib Number: 37
Hometown: Big Lake, Alaska
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Biography

Born in Winterthur, Switzerland in 1958, Martin became fascinated with sled dogs while still a teen. He came to Alaska in 1979 to enhance his knowledge of care and training of sled dogs. He began working and training with long-time Alaskan mushers Earl and Natalie Norris and ran his first Iditarod in 1980. Martin and wife Kathy Chapoton, a retired teacher, reside in Big Lake, Alaska, where the family owns and manages Happy Trails Kennel. They have two sons, Nikolai, 30 years old and Rohn, 28.

Martin started and completed thirty-five Iditarod races, thirty-three consecutively (holding the record for consecutive finishes) and entered the 2019 race. He is a four-time Iditarod champion, winning in 1992, 1994, 1997 and 2002. His greatest pride comes with being a five-time winner of the Leonhard Seppala Humanitarian Award for Best Dog Care.

Martin finds great pleasure in training and traveling with his sled dogs. He shares his knowledge and passion for Alaskan huskies and mushing by speaking in schools, giving summer tours and presenting motivational speeches.

He is on the Board of Directors for the Blood Bank of Alaska; believing in its mission he has donated xxx gallons of blood. He is also an honorary Rotary Member after participating for many years as an active member and being part of the End Polio campaign.

Following Martin’s 2002 Iditarod victory, the process for his becoming a naturalized citizen of the United States was completed under the burled arch in Nome.

Upon completion of the 2005 Iditarod after a woodworking accident 4 days prior to the race start resulting in the amputation of a part of his finger; his fellow mushers awarded him both the Sportsmanship and Most Inspirational Awards.

Martin was the first musher to complete the Iditarod in less than 9 days and held that record for nine years.

Martin’s book, DOG MAN, is the story of self-discovery and takes the reader with him on the adventures, misadventures and lessons learned from his devoted relationship with his canine friends.

Martin is forever in awe of the spirit and ability of the Alaskan husky.

Sponsors

Kendall Auto Group
Eagle Pack (now a part of WellPet)
Marylou Whitney
Northern Outfitters
Diversified Tire
Matanuska Telephone Association
Big Lake-Susitna Veterinary Hospital
Taiga Mushing Supplies, Inc.
Trapper Creek Smoking Company

Jona & Jon VanZyle
Dr. David McGuire/Alaska Orthopedic Specialists
Sprocketheads, LLC
Tabits Group
Dr. Michael McNamara
Buser Booster Club
The Alaska Zoo
The Alaska Wet Dog Race
Federal Premium Ammunition


2010 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 11:19:00 12
Willow 3/07 15:10:00 16
Yentna Station 3/07 18:38:00 16 3/07 18:42:00 16 0h 4m 3h 28m 12.98 45
Skwentna 3/07 21:36:00 16 3/08 02:41:00 16 5h 5m 2h 54m 11.72 34
Finger Lake 3/08 08:05:00 16 3/08 08:17:00 16 0h 12m 5h 24m 8.33 45
Rainy Pass 3/08 17:34:00 16 3/08 17:35:00 16 0h 1m 9h 17m 3.23 30
Rohn 3/08 21:39:00 16 3/09 04:42:00 16 7h 3m 4h 4m 11.80 48
Nikolai 3/09 18:24:00 16 3/09 18:32:00 15 0h 8m 13h 42m 5.47 75
McGrath 3/10 00:14:00 15 3/10 05:53:00 15 5h 39m 5h 42m 9.47 54
Takotna 3/10 08:04:00 15 3/10 08:14:00 14 0h 10m 2h 11m 8.24 18
Ophir 3/10 11:00:00 14 3/10 17:05:00 14 6h 5m 2h 46m 9.04 25
Cripple 3/11 05:03:00 14 3/12 06:14:00 14 25h 11m 11h 58m 4.93 ✔ 59
Ruby 3/12 14:40:00 14 3/12 22:41:00 14 8h 1m 8h 26m 13.28 ✔ ✔ 112
Galena 3/13 04:52:00 14 3/13 09:19:00 14 4h 27m 6h 11m 8.41 ✔ ✔ 52
Nulato 3/13 15:22:00 14 3/13 20:03:00 14 4h 41m 6h 3m 8.60 ✔ ✔ 52
Kaltag 3/14 00:42:00 14 3/14 01:01:00 14 0h 19m 4h 39m 9.03 ✔ ✔ 42
Unalakleet 3/14 18:25:00 14 3/15 00:42:00 14 6h 17m 16h 24m 5.49 ✔ ✔ 90
Shaktoolik 3/15 06:52:00 14 3/15 10:24:00 14 3h 32m 6h 10m 6.81 ✔ ✔ 42
Koyuk 3/15 17:46:00 14 3/15 21:25:00 14 3h 39m 7h 22m 6.52 ✔ ✔ 48
Elim 3/16 03:29:00 14 3/16 03:58:00 13 0h 29m 6h 4m 7.91 ✔ ✔ 48
White Mountain 3/16 12:21:00 13 3/16 20:21:00 11 8h 0m 8h 23m 5.49 ✔ ✔ 46
Safety 3/17 03:22:00 11 3/17 03:23:00 11 0h 1m 7h 1m 7.84 ✔ ✔ 55
Nome 3/17 06:33:58 11 3h 10m 6.95 ✔ ✔ 22