September 30, 2016

Musher Details

2013 Iditarod » Mushers » Joar Leifseth Ulsom

Joar Leifseth Ulsom

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

Joar Leifseth Ulsom (29) holds the record as the fastest rookie to have ever run the Iditarod, and is one of only two mushers to place top-7 four times in just four Iditarod starts.

The 2013 Iditarod Rookie of the Year is from Mo I Rana in Norway by the Arctic Circle. Joar traveled with his dogs from Norway to Alaska where they currently reside since fall of 2011. He works full-time with his small kennel of dogs and Russian team mates for the GoNorth! Adventure Learning non-profit as part of Team Racing Beringia.

Racing Beringia is an online education program for students in K-12 classrooms around the world to explore the region of Beringia spanning from the Yukon in Canada, across Alaska to Chukotka, Russia (RacingBeringia.com).

Joar and his team have raced throughout Beringia starting with the Yukon Quest in 2012. Setting a new time record for the Nadezhda Hope race in Chukotka (Russia), Joar became the first non-native winner of the “toughest race in Eurasia” in 20 years. He is now a 2-time Nadezhda Hope champion, with a second victory in 2014. Joar and his team also placed 1st in 2012 Chukotka Sprint Championship.

Back in Norway Joar started out as a kid by borrowing his neighbors two house dogs to pull him around on skis. Watching Iditarod movies is what fueled his dreams growing up. In 2007 Joar started mushing and building up his own team. He received a degree from an agricultural college in Norway and worked as a cowboy while he ran the great races of Scandinavia before coming to Alaska. With this fifth Iditarod, the run for Racing Beringia continues in 2017.

Joar is a member of Rana Trekk-og Brukshundklubb and Go North! Adventure Learning. He enjoys 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