September 25, 2018

Musher Details

2011 Iditarod » Mushers » Bruce Linton

Bruce Linton

Bib Number: 13
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

Mike/Nancy Pinkowicz
Diane Douglas
Melanie Tupaj
Amy Piazza
Janice Sachs
Phil/Melissa Rogers
Ken Haggett
John/Mary Chudzik
Barbara Stillwater
Susan/Bill Nickerson
Tom/Cheryl McGarrity

Bryan/Sandy Huber
Patrick McFeeley
Erin Nelson
Mary Vyerberg
Kelly/Summer Cody
Tyler Baret
Susann Barziloski
Mark/Cindy Glassmaker
Joanne Lee
Shirley Farnsworth


2011 Standings

Checkpoint Time In Dogs In Time Out Dogs Out Rest Time Previous Layover Status Distance
Enroute Time Speed (mph) 8hr 24hr
Anchorage 3/05 10:24:00 12
Willow 3/06 14:22:00 16
Yentna Station 3/06 17:54:00 16 3/06 18:00:00 16 0h 6m 3h 32m 12.74 45
Skwentna 3/06 20:44:00 16 3/07 01:14:00 16 4h 30m 2h 44m 12.44 34
Finger Lake 3/07 05:45:00 16 3/07 06:07:00 16 0h 22m 4h 31m 9.96 45
Rainy Pass 3/07 15:27:00 16 3/07 15:31:00 16 0h 4m 9h 20m 3.21 30
Rohn 3/07 19:33:00 16 3/08 01:54:00 15 6h 21m 4h 2m 11.90 48
Nikolai 3/08 11:03:00 15 3/08 16:09:00 14 5h 6m 9h 9m 8.20 75
McGrath 3/08 22:15:00 14 3/08 22:18:00 14 0h 3m 6h 6m 8.85 54
Takotna 3/09 00:46:00 14 3/10 02:37:00 13 25h 51m 2h 28m 7.30 ✔ 18
Ophir 3/10 05:02:00 13 3/10 05:35:00 13 0h 33m 2h 25m 10.34 ✔ 25
Iditarod 3/10 20:22:00 13 3/11 03:30:00 13 7h 8m 14h 47m 6.09 ✔ 90
Shageluk 3/11 11:40:00 13 3/11 15:43:00 13 4h 3m 8h 10m 7.96 ✔ 65
Anvik 3/11 19:12:00 13 3/11 19:23:00 12 0h 11m 3h 29m 7.18 ✔ 25
Grayling 3/11 22:08:00 12 3/12 06:08:00 12 8h 0m 2h 45m 6.55 ✔ ✔ 18
Eagle Island 3/12 13:15:00 12 3/12 18:27:00 12 5h 12m 7h 7m 8.43 ✔ ✔ 60
Kaltag 3/13 05:14:00 12 3/13 11:35:00 12 6h 21m 9h 47m 7.16 ✔ ✔ 70
Unalakleet 3/13 23:33:00 12 3/14 06:38:00 11 7h 5m 11h 58m 7.52 ✔ ✔ 90
Shaktoolik 3/14 13:17:00 11 3/14 18:56:00 10 5h 39m 6h 39m 6.32 ✔ ✔ 42
Koyuk 3/15 01:52:00 10 3/15 08:03:00 10 6h 11m 6h 56m 6.92 ✔ ✔ 48
Elim 3/15 14:37:00 10 3/15 19:23:00 10 4h 46m 6h 34m 7.31 ✔ ✔ 48
White Mountain 3/16 03:24:00 10 3/16 11:41:00 10 8h 17m 8h 1m 5.74 ✔ ✔ 46
Safety 3/16 18:41:00 10 3/16 18:42:00 10 0h 1m 7h 0m 7.86 ✔ ✔ 55
Nome 3/16 21:34:39 10 2h 52m 7.67 ✔ ✔ 22