August 1, 2014

Musher Details

2013 Iditarod » Mushers » Joar Leifseth Ulsom

Joar Leifseth Ulsom

Bib Number: 32
Hometown: Mo i Rana, NORWAY
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Biography

2013 Iditarod Rookie of the Year, Joar Leifseth Ulsom, is the fastest rookie to have ever run the Iditarod. Joar, 28, is born and raised in Mo i Rana, Norway, 50 miles south of the Arctic Circle. He and all but one of his dogs came to Alaska from Norway in 2011 to be part of Racing Beringia at RacingBeringia.com – a free online education program used by millions of students in K-12 classrooms around the world. Joar says, “I moved to be part of the online education program Racing Beringia—this is a fantastic area for optimal preparation for long distance races.” Fueled by the adventure of the sled dogs, students learn natural and social science as they explore the region from Alaska to Chukotka, Russia, known as Beringia. Joar went live with the program in 2012 from the Yukon Quest where he placed sixth, and then went to Russia for what is considered the toughest race in Eurasia: The Nasdezhda Hope Race. Joan became the first non-native champion of that race in 20 years, with the fastest time ever. He and his team also claimed victory in the 2012 Chukotka Sprint Championship. Joar now works full-time with his very small kennel of dogs. Back in Norway, he worked as a cowboy while he ran the great races of Scandinavia: Finnmarksløpet, Femundløpet and the Amundsen Race. He is a member of Rana Trekkt-og Brukshundklubb. He lists his hobbies as hunting, fishing, camping and “the North.”

Awards

Jerry Austin Rookie of the Year

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 11:00:00 12
Willow 3/03 15:00:00 16
Yentna 3/03 19:12:00 16 3/03 19:15:00 16 0h 3m 4h 12m 10.00 42
Skwentna 3/03 22:31:00 16 3/04 02:09:00 16 3h 38m 3h 16m 9.18 30
Finger Lake 3/04 06:30:00 16 3/04 09:14:00 16 2h 44m 4h 21m 9.20 40
Rainy Pass 3/04 12:42:00 16 3/04 16:40:00 15 3h 58m 3h 28m 8.65 30
Rohn 3/04 21:01:00 15 3/05 02:24:00 14 5h 23m 4h 21m 8.05 35
Nikolai 3/05 11:04:00 14 3/05 15:38:00 14 4h 34m 8h 40m 8.65 75
McGrath 3/05 21:22:00 14 3/05 21:24:00 14 0h 2m 5h 44m 8.37 48
Takotna 3/05 23:47:00 14 3/07 00:57:00 14 25h 10m 2h 23m 7.55 ✔ 18
Ophir 3/07 03:35:00 14 3/07 03:40:00 14 0h 5m 2h 38m 8.73 ✔ 23
Iditarod 3/07 16:33:00 14 3/07 20:50:00 14 4h 17m 12h 53m 6.21 ✔ 80
Shageluk 3/08 04:20:00 14 3/08 04:26:00 14 0h 6m 7h 30m 7.33 ✔ 55
Anvik 3/08 07:40:00 14 3/08 15:40:00 14 8h 0m 3h 14m 7.73 ✔ ✔ 25
Grayling 3/08 18:15:00 14 3/08 18:25:00 14 0h 10m 2h 35m 6.97 ✔ ✔ 18
Eagle Island 3/09 02:16:00 14 3/09 07:04:00 13 4h 48m 7h 51m 7.90 ✔ ✔ 62
Kaltag 3/09 16:42:00 13 3/09 20:43:00 12 4h 1m 9h 38m 6.23 ✔ ✔ 60
Unalakleet 3/10 14:07:00 12 3/10 17:55:00 12 3h 48m 16h 24m 5.18 ✔ ✔ 85
Shaktoolik 3/11 00:36:00 12 3/11 03:18:00 10 2h 42m 6h 41m 5.99 ✔ ✔ 40
Koyuk 3/11 10:33:00 10 3/11 15:26:00 10 4h 53m 7h 15m 6.90 ✔ ✔ 50
Elim 3/11 23:03:00 10 3/12 02:19:00 10 3h 16m 7h 37m 6.30 ✔ ✔ 48
White Mountain 3/12 09:17:00 10 3/12 17:17:00 10 8h 0m 6h 58m 6.60 ✔ ✔ 46
Safety 3/13 00:45:00 10 3/13 00:46:00 10 0h 1m 7h 28m 7.37 ✔ ✔ 55
Nome 3/13 03:34:00 10 2h 48m 7.86 ✔ ✔ 22