September 26, 2018

Musher Details

2012 Iditarod » Mushers » Jim Lanier

Jim Lanier

Bib Number: 3
Hometown: Chugiak, Alaska
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Biography

Jim Lanier, 77 years young, was born in Washington D.C. and raised in Fargo, North Dakota. After receiving his medical degree from Washington University in St. Louis, he moved to Alaska in 1967 to serve at the Native Hospital in Anchorage with the US Public Health Service. A Pathologist at Providence Hospital for thirty-some years, Jim is now retired from medicine but not from mushing. He “went to the dogs” in the 70’s as a result of hanging around with Iditarod mushers Ron Gould, Dinah Knight and Gerry Riley. Then in 1979 he ran his first Iditarod, as chronicled in his book Beyond Ophir. A sequel, Way Beyond Ophir, is in 1st draft. In 2014 Jim entered his seventeenth race to Nome and, for the first time, had to scratch due to a ruptured Achilles tendon. 2015 and 2016 saw scratches two and three with pneumonia in Unalakleet and a fractured collar bone in Kaltag. In 2017 a bum knee forced a handing of the reins to good friend Gunnar Johnson. Apparently Jim’s determination, or stubbornness, knows no bounds as he now returns to the starting line for yet another go. After that “Who knows?” he says. “Health aside, it’s a matter of continued enjoyment of the dreaming, scheming, training, support of family and friends, and of going head to head with people half my age and younger.” Lanier’s specialty is his white dogs and, therefore, his “Northern Whites Kennel.” Jim is married to Anna Bondarenko, the first and only Russian Woman to enter and complete the Last Great Race, in 2000. He is the father of four adult children (Margaret, Kimberly, Willy and Jimmy) and grandfather of five (Annie, Ethan, Ollie, Logan and Jessie). His activities include singing, hunting, commercial fishing, cabin construction, reading, writing, tall tales, cheering the Minnesota Twins, and raising kids.

Sponsors

Alaska Equine & Small Animal Hospital

Awards

Dorothy G. Page Halfway — Sponsored by GCI

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 10:02:00 12
Willow 3/04 14:02:00 16
Yentna Station 3/04 17:47:00 16 3/04 17:52:00 16 0h 5m 3h 45m 11.20 42
Skwentna 3/04 20:59:00 16 3/05 01:13:00 16 4h 14m 3h 7m 9.63 30
Finger Lake 3/05 06:18:00 16 3/05 06:19:00 16 0h 1m 5h 5m 7.87 40
Rainy Pass 3/05 10:13:00 16 3/05 16:27:00 16 6h 14m 3h 54m 7.69 30
Rohn 3/05 21:16:00 16 3/06 03:00:00 16 5h 44m 4h 49m 7.27 35
Nikolai 3/06 15:05:00 16 3/06 21:51:00 15 6h 46m 12h 5m 6.21 75
McGrath 3/07 06:08:00 15 3/07 11:55:00 14 5h 47m 8h 17m 5.79 48
Takotna 3/07 14:59:00 3/07 15:07:00 0h 8m 3h 4m 5.87 18
Ophir 3/07 18:32:00 14 3/07 23:25:00 13 4h 53m 3h 25m 6.73 23
Cripple 3/08 13:55:00 13 3/09 16:03:00 12 26h 8m 14h 30m 5.03 ✔ 73
Ruby 3/10 02:10:00 12 3/10 08:39:00 12 6h 29m 10h 7m 6.92 ✔ 70
Galena 3/10 15:16:00 12 3/10 23:40:00 12 8h 24m 6h 37m 7.56 ✔ ✔ 50
Nulato 3/11 07:12:00 12 3/11 13:00:00 12 5h 48m 6h 32m 5.66 ✔ ✔ 37
Kaltag 3/11 17:30:00 12 3/11 17:55:00 12 0h 25m 4h 30m 10.44 ✔ ✔ 47
Unalakleet 3/12 13:14:00 12 3/12 18:53:00 12 5h 39m 19h 19m 4.40 ✔ ✔ 85
Shaktoolik 3/13 02:19:00 12 3/13 13:16:00 12 10h 57m 7h 26m 5.38 ✔ ✔ 40
Koyuk 3/13 22:36:00 12 3/14 05:20:00 12 6h 44m 9h 20m 5.36 ✔ ✔ 50
Elim 3/14 11:50:00 12 3/14 15:24:00 11 3h 34m 6h 30m 7.38 ✔ ✔ 48
White Mountain 3/14 22:36:00 11 3/15 07:17:00 10 8h 41m 7h 12m 6.39 ✔ ✔ 46
Safety 3/15 14:35:00 10 3/15 14:37:00 10 0h 2m 7h 18m 7.53 ✔ ✔ 55
Nome 3/15 17:58:18 10 3h 21m 6.57 ✔ ✔ 22