January 24, 2015

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Robert Bundtzen

Bib Number: 23
Hometown: Anchorage, Alaska


Biography

Robert Bundtzen, 65, grew up in Anderson (after moving to Alaska from New Mexico in1960) where he used a small dog team while trapping. After obtaining a degree from UAF in Biology in 1971, an M.D. from the University of Washington in 1975 and training in infectious diseases at the University of Wisconsin, he returned to Alaska to establish a consultative infectious disease practice in Anchorage in 1984. With the aid and encouragement of Jim Lanier, Robert began to run sled dogs in 1994. He has run the Iditarod nunerous times, the Knik 200, Klondike 300, Tustumena 200 and the Copper Basin 300. Robert continues to be amazed at what the trained Alaskan husky can do and continues to run dogs for inexplicable reasons (he loves it). His wife Joan and son, Travis, are his most ardent fans. When not mushing, Robert  is a member of the Chugiak Dog Mushers Association and says he enjoys hunting, fishing, hiking, reading and puttering.

Sponsors

St. Elias Speciality Hospital
Louis Kralick
Sheep Mountain Lodge/Zack and Anjanette Steer