October 19, 2017

Musher Details

2013 Iditarod » Mushers » Jim Lanier

Jim Lanier

Bib Number: 59
Hometown: Chugiak, Alaska
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Biography

Jim Lanier, 77, was born in Washington, DC and raised in Fargo, North Dakota, where his family moved when he was six years old. After receiving his medical degree from Washington University in St. Louis, he moved to Alaska in 1967 to serve at the Native Hospital 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. In 2014, he entered his seventeenth Iditarod, and, for the first time, had to scratch due to a ruptured Achilles tendon. Came 2015, and Jim was determined to make it to Nome, but determination ran into pneumonia, bringing him to his knees in Unalakleet, and forcing another scratch. Apparently Jim’s determination, or stubbornness, knows no bounds as he returns to the starting line for another go. After that, “Who knows”, he says. “Health aside, it’s a matter of continued enjoyment of the dreaming, planning, scheming, training, support of family and friends, and of going head-to-head with people half my age and younger.” His specialty is his white dogs and therefore, his “Northern Whites Kennel.” Jim is married to Anna Bondarenko, first Russian woman to enter and complete “The Last Great Race on Earth” in 2000. He is a member of the IditarodTrail Committee and the American Medical Association. He is the father of four adult children, Margaret, Kim, Willy and Jimmy, and also the grandfather of five (Annie, Ethan, Ollie, Logan and Jessie.) His hobbies include singing, hunting, commercial fishing, cabin building, reading, writing….and raising kids. He says his hobbies are “singing, reading, writing, cabin construction, fishing, hunting, tall tails and raising kids.” Jim is the author of Beyond Ophir and Way Beyond Ophir.


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 11:54:00 12
Willow 3/03 15:54:00 16
Yentna 3/03 19:27:00 16 3/03 19:36:00 16 0h 9m 3h 33m 11.83 42
Skwentna 3/03 22:27:00 16 3/04 02:42:00 16 4h 15m 2h 51m 10.53 30
Finger Lake 3/04 07:37:00 16 3/04 09:46:00 16 2h 9m 4h 55m 8.14 40
Rainy Pass 3/04 13:50:00 16 3/04 18:01:00 16 4h 11m 4h 4m 7.38 30
Rohn 3/04 22:58:00 16 3/04 23:28:00 16 0h 30m 4h 57m 7.07 35
Nikolai 3/05 18:43:00 16 3/05 18:55:00 16 0h 12m 19h 15m 3.90 75
McGrath 3/06 01:17:00 16 3/06 07:54:00 16 6h 37m 6h 22m 7.54 48
Takotna 3/06 10:14:00 16 3/06 10:23:00 16 0h 9m 2h 20m 7.71 18
Ophir 3/06 14:05:00 16 3/06 20:25:00 14 6h 20m 3h 42m 6.22 23
Iditarod 3/07 15:30:00 14 3/08 15:46:00 13 24h 16m 19h 5m 4.19 ✔ 80
Shageluk 3/08 23:09:00 13 3/09 04:25:00 13 5h 16m 7h 23m 7.45 ✔ 55
Anvik 3/09 08:25:00 13 3/09 08:48:00 13 0h 23m 4h 0m 6.25 ✔ 25
Grayling 3/09 11:04:00 13 3/09 16:22:00 13 5h 18m 2h 16m 7.94 ✔ 18
Eagle Island 3/09 23:36:00 13 3/10 09:22:00 11 8h 46m 7h 14m 8.57 ✔ ✔ 62
Kaltag 3/10 23:45:00 11 3/11 05:20:00 11 5h 35m 14h 23m 4.17 ✔ ✔ 60
Unalakleet 3/11 20:50:00 3/11 21:42:00 0h 52m 15h 30m 5.48 ✔ ✔ 85
Shaktoolik 3/12 03:48:00 11 3/12 10:20:00 11 6h 32m 6h 6m 6.56 ✔ ✔ 40
Koyuk 3/12 16:27:00 11 3/12 21:55:00 11 5h 28m 6h 7m 8.17 ✔ ✔ 50
Elim 3/13 05:10:00 11 3/13 10:39:00 11 5h 29m 7h 15m 6.62 ✔ ✔ 48
White Mountain 3/13 16:55:00 11 3/14 01:57:00 10 9h 2m 6h 16m 7.34 ✔ ✔ 46
Safety 3/14 08:50:00 10 3/14 08:52:00 10 0h 2m 6h 53m 7.99 ✔ ✔ 55
Nome 3/14 12:08:46 10 3h 16m 6.73 ✔ ✔ 22