September 21, 2018

Musher Details

2012 Iditarod » Mushers » Mike Santos

Mike Santos

Bib Number: 22
Hometown: Cantwell, Alaska
Website:


Biography

Mike Santos, 46, was born in Massachusetts, but says that he was born Alaskan in the wrong state. Mike started working with sled dogs in New England, before he even knew that the Iditarod race existed. Mike has always been fascinated by dogs, particularly the athleticism of sled dogs. After years of learning from dogs in New England, Mike and his wife Caitlin moved to Alaska in 2005 in search of longer trails, deeper snow, and the chance to run the Iditarod.

Mike and Caitlin settled in Cantwell, Alaska, just outside Denali National Park. This remote village has about 150 year round residents. Mike has worked hard at raising and training the dogs, and more recently, raising and training their 1 year old son Max. Caitlin teaches at the local school. Mike and Caitlin have worked to restore their Alaskan homestead. They spent their first year living in the dog barn, which had a gravel floor, and finally got running water in the spring of 2014.

Sled dogs captivate the imagination of the world and it is really fun to know that you are excited about dogs and the Iditarod. Mike invites you to meet his dogs on his website, to watch them in action on the WolfsDenKennel channel on YouTube, and to visit them in person at DogGoneIt Tours.

Sponsors

Jim and Joy Wheeler, MA
Inlet Tower
Jim and Dorothy Rinier, OH
The Lucht Family, NC
Jack and Maria Santos, MA
John and Nancy Brady, MA
Maureen Regan
Grainger Industrial Supply, IL
Cantwell Veterinary Service

K9 Natural, NEW ZEALAND
Denali Fly Fishing Guides
AHTNA
Ringers Gloves, CA
Alpine Creek Lodge
Frances Gray, MN
Tom and EZ Farbo
Mixx Grill (IT Bistro)


2012 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 10:44:00 12
Willow 3/04 14:40:00 16
Yentna Station 3/04 18:44:00 16 3/04 18:52:00 16 0h 8m 4h 4m 10.33 42
Skwentna 3/05 03:33:00 16 3/05 03:44:00 16 0h 11m 8h 41m 3.45 30
Finger Lake 3/05 08:37:00 16 3/05 14:11:00 16 5h 34m 4h 53m 8.19 40
Rainy Pass 3/05 17:36:00 16 3/05 23:14:00 16 5h 38m 3h 25m 8.78 30
Rohn 3/06 03:25:00 16 3/06 08:33:00 16 5h 8m 4h 11m 8.37 35
Nikolai 3/06 17:27:00 16 3/07 01:59:00 16 8h 32m 8h 54m 8.43 75
McGrath 3/07 08:51:00 16 3/07 10:57:00 16 2h 6m 6h 52m 6.99 48
Takotna 3/07 13:22:00 16 3/08 14:52:00 16 25h 30m 2h 25m 7.45 ✔ 18
Ophir 3/08 17:26:00 16 3/08 17:35:00 16 0h 9m 2h 34m 8.96 ✔ 23
Cripple 3/09 07:54:00 16 3/09 14:15:00 16 6h 21m 14h 19m 5.10 ✔ 73
Ruby 3/09 23:30:00 16 3/10 08:34:00 15 9h 4m 9h 15m 7.57 ✔ ✔ 70
Galena 3/10 14:23:00 15 3/10 21:24:00 15 7h 1m 5h 49m 8.60 ✔ ✔ 50
Nulato 3/11 04:17:00 15 3/11 11:12:00 15 6h 55m 5h 53m 6.29 ✔ ✔ 37
Kaltag 3/11 14:45:00 15 3/11 17:55:00 15 3h 10m 3h 33m 13.24 ✔ ✔ 47
Unalakleet 3/12 11:46:00 15 3/12 16:07:00 15 4h 21m 17h 51m 4.76 ✔ ✔ 85
Shaktoolik 3/12 21:16:00 15 3/13 13:17:00 15 16h 1m 5h 9m 7.77 ✔ ✔ 40
Koyuk 3/13 23:34:00 15 3/14 06:05:00 15 6h 31m 10h 17m 4.86 ✔ ✔ 50
Elim 3/14 18:04:00 15 3/15 07:15:00 15 13h 11m 11h 59m 4.01 ✔ ✔ 48
White Mountain 3/15 12:18:00 15 3/15 20:18:00 15 8h 0m 5h 3m 9.11 ✔ ✔ 46
Safety 3/16 02:22:00 15 3/16 02:23:00 15 0h 1m 6h 4m 9.07 ✔ ✔ 55
Nome 3/16 05:20:04 15 2h 57m 7.46 ✔ ✔ 22