July 25, 2014

Musher Details

2013 Iditarod » Mushers » Nicolas Petit

Nicolas Petit

Bib Number: 16
Hometown: Girdwood, Alaska


Biography

Nicolas Petit, 35, says his passion for dogs and sledding started while he was in diapers. He credits his first canine companion with teaching him to walk and jump-starting his love of dogs and ultimately dog mushing. Nick was born in France and grew up in Normandy, till the age of 12, when his mother remarried and moved him and his sister to New Mexico. Nick moved to Alaska in 2000, and adopted his first Husky shortly thereafter. During a visit to Wyoming, he went on his first dogsled trip and immediately got “hooked”. For this he thanks Iditarod veteran Billy Snodgrass for putting him on the runners. Ten years after adopting that beautiful Alaskan husky, he named Ugly, working construction, and dabbling with sled dog tour scene, he decided to pursue competitive dog mushing. In fall 2010, Petit connected with 15-time Iditarod finisher Jim Lanier. Petit’s plan was to volunteer for Lanier, and possibly complete Iditarod qualifying races. However, Lanier’s hip needed replacing, so he asked Petit to run his team for 2011. Petit took on the challenge of qualifying, training and raising funds all in the same year as his rookie Iditarod. Petit not only met the challenge, he exceeded it by finishing in 28th place, first among 13 rookies, garnering him the 2011 Jerry Austin Rookie of the Year Award. Nicolas is running dogs from Raymie Redington’s kennel along with a few of his own. Petit lists his hobby as “snow.”

Awards

Most Improved Musher — Sponsored by Horizon Lines

2013 Standings

Checkpoint Time In Dogs In Time Out Dogs Out Rest Time Previous Layover Status Distance
Enroute Time Speed (mph) 8hr 24hr
Anchorage 3/02 10:28:00 12
Willow 3/03 14:28:00 16
Yentna 3/03 18:28:00 16 3/03 18:34:00 16 0h 6m 4h 0m 10.50 42
Skwentna 3/03 22:39:00 16 3/04 02:28:00 16 3h 49m 4h 5m 7.35 30
Finger Lake 3/04 06:59:00 16 3/04 08:08:00 15 1h 9m 4h 31m 8.86 40
Rainy Pass 3/04 11:38:00 15 3/04 16:45:00 15 5h 7m 3h 30m 8.57 30
Rohn 3/04 20:54:00 15 3/04 21:28:00 15 0h 34m 4h 9m 8.43 35
Nikolai 3/05 10:24:00 15 3/05 17:09:00 15 6h 45m 12h 56m 5.80 75
McGrath 3/05 22:49:00 15 3/05 23:04:00 14 0h 15m 5h 40m 8.47 48
Takotna 3/06 01:20:00 14 3/06 01:34:00 14 0h 14m 2h 16m 7.94 18
Ophir 3/06 04:15:00 14 3/07 05:57:00 14 25h 42m 2h 41m 8.57 ✔ 23
Iditarod 3/07 16:09:00 14 3/07 20:30:00 14 4h 21m 10h 12m 7.84 ✔ 80
Shageluk 3/08 03:58:00 14 3/08 04:09:00 14 0h 11m 7h 28m 7.37 ✔ 55
Anvik 3/08 07:34:00 14 3/08 15:35:00 14 8h 1m 3h 25m 7.32 ✔ ✔ 25
Grayling 3/08 18:12:00 14 3/08 18:39:00 12 0h 27m 2h 37m 6.88 ✔ ✔ 18
Eagle Island 3/09 02:31:00 12 3/09 08:10:00 11 5h 39m 7h 52m 7.88 ✔ ✔ 62
Kaltag 3/09 20:50:00 11 3/10 04:00:00 11 6h 10m 12h 40m 4.74 ✔ ✔ 60
Unalakleet 3/10 17:58:00 11 3/11 02:28:00 11 8h 30m 13h 58m 6.09 ✔ ✔ 85
Shaktoolik 3/11 08:00:00 11 3/11 10:21:00 10 2h 21m 5h 32m 7.23 ✔ ✔ 40
Koyuk 3/11 16:11:00 10 3/11 20:33:00 10 4h 22m 5h 50m 8.57 ✔ ✔ 50
Elim 3/12 02:45:00 10 3/12 02:52:00 10 0h 7m 6h 12m 7.74 ✔ ✔ 48
White Mountain 3/12 09:21:00 10 3/12 17:21:00 10 8h 0m 6h 29m 7.10 ✔ ✔ 46
Safety 3/12 23:43:00 10 3/12 23:44:00 10 0h 1m 6h 22m 8.64 ✔ ✔ 55
Nome 3/13 02:39:13 10 2h 55m 7.54 ✔ ✔ 22