September 18, 2014

Musher Details

2014 Iditarod » Mushers » Monica Zappa

Monica Zappa

Bib Number: 18
Hometown: Kasilof, Alaska
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Biography

Monica Zappa, 31, was born and raised in northern Wisconsin where she and her parents and lived off the land and off the grid. She was born into a mushing family. Her mom and dad, Dan and Della Zappa participated in, and officiated, the John Beargrease Sled dog Marathon in Duluth, MN. After her dad’s sudden passing from a plane crash, she took a break from mushing to pursue academics. She holds a B.S. in meteorology and a M.S. in geography from Northern Illinois University. She also completed one year of a Ph.D. program at the University of Oklahoma where she also worked at the National Weather Center. In 2010 she left flat Oklahoma for the mountains of Alaska, and for dogs. Soon after arriving in Kasilof she met veteran musher Tim Osmar and has been breeding, raising, training and racing dogs with him ever since. In the summer time Tim and Monica fish a commercial set-net site and operate summer dog kart tours. In the winter they take the dogs (and anyone else who dares to join) out for ultimate Alaskan adventures in the backcountry of the Kenai Peninsula. Since Monica hit the racing circuit three years ago, she is dedicated to use her publicity to help save Alaska’s wild salmon. She is an activist against the proposed Pebble Mine in Bristol Bay and opposes any similar, large-scale mining operations that could pollute Alaska’s precious waterways. Monica says her hobbies are “1)dogs, 2)mushing and 3)finding ways to fund 1 & 2.

Sponsors

Musicians United to Protect Bristol Bay
Nutiva
Father Fish
Jane and Randy Adkins
Alexa Ives
David Phipps
Dave/Shirley Anne Evenson
Hugh Wisner
Steve Russell
John Tyhus
Kerry Etcheberry
Fred Agree/Nona Safre
Michelle Galletti
Long Lake Lutheran Church
Caribou Hills Cabin Hoppers;
Polar Screens and Signs

Cumberland Federal Bank
Posh House
Petchup
Sheraton Hotel Anchorage
Snug Harbor Seafoods
Ed's Kasilof Seafoods
Cozier with Fur
Della Lane
Grandma Lee
Freddie's Roadhouse
Soldotna Dental Clinic
Janelle Ruppel
Dean/MyDzung Osmar
Jen Reiter and class
And also thanks to the others who have made small donations and purchased Team Zappa gear


2014 Standings

Checkpoint Time In Dogs In Time Out Dogs Out Rest Time Previous Layover Status Distance
Enroute Time Speed (mph) 8hr 24hr
Anchorage 3/01 10:35:00 12
Willow 3/02 14:32:00 16
Yentna Station 3/02 18:21:00 16 3/02 22:17:00 16 3h 56m 3h 49m 11.00 42
Skwentna 3/03 01:14:00 16 3/03 09:22:00 16 8h 8m 2h 57m 10.17 30
Finger Lake 3/03 13:57:00 16 3/03 19:07:00 16 5h 10m 4h 35m 8.73 40
Rainy Pass 3/03 22:59:00 16 3/04 07:58:00 16 8h 59m 3h 52m 7.76 30
Rohn 3/04 12:50:00 16 3/04 17:01:00 16 4h 11m 4h 52m 7.19 35
Nikolai 3/05 09:37:00 16 3/05 18:39:00 15 9h 2m 16h 36m 4.52 75
McGrath 3/06 00:21:00 15 3/07 02:44:00 15 26h 23m 5h 42m 8.42 ✔ 48
Takotna 3/07 04:52:00 15 3/07 05:08:00 15 0h 16m 2h 8m 8.44 ✔ 18
Ophir 3/07 07:40:00 15 3/07 15:04:00 15 7h 24m 2h 32m 9.08 ✔ 23
Cripple 3/08 06:23:00 15 3/08 14:36:00 14 8h 13m 15h 19m 4.77 ✔ 73
Ruby 3/09 09:43:00 14 3/09 18:07:00 14 8h 24m 18h 7m 3.86 ✔ ✔ 70
Galena 3/09 23:55:00 14 3/10 08:15:00 14 8h 20m 5h 48m 8.62 ✔ ✔ 50
Nulato 3/10 14:30:00 14 3/10 21:43:00 14 7h 13m 6h 15m 5.92 ✔ ✔ 37
Kaltag 3/11 01:46:00 14 3/11 10:07:00 14 8h 21m 4h 3m 11.60 ✔ ✔ 47
Unalakleet 3/12 02:12:00 14 3/12 10:38:00 14 8h 26m 16h 5m 5.28 ✔ ✔ 85
Shaktoolik 3/12 16:17:00 14 3/12 19:25:00 14 3h 8m 5h 39m 7.08 ✔ ✔ 40
Koyuk 3/13 03:43:00 14 3/13 12:47:00 14 9h 4m 8h 18m 6.02 ✔ ✔ 50
Elim 3/13 19:27:00 14 3/14 03:01:00 14 7h 34m 6h 40m 7.20 ✔ ✔ 48
White Mountain 3/14 12:39:00 14 3/14 21:06:00 14 8h 27m 9h 38m 4.78 ✔ ✔ 46
Safety 3/15 12:33:00 14 3/15 15:41:00 14 3h 8m 15h 27m 3.56 ✔ ✔ 55
Nome 3/15 19:08:15 14 3h 27m 6.38 ✔ ✔ 22