August 19, 2018

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2015 Iditarod » Mushers » Monica Zappa

Monica Zappa

Bib Number: 53
Hometown: Kasilof, Alaska
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Biography

Monica Zappa, 34 was born and raised in Wisconsin, where she lived until she went to graduate school in Oklahoma. After finishing grad school in 2010, Monica moved to Alaska to try mushing and fishing. She says she sort of began mushing as a kid but started for real in 2010 and decided she wanted to run the Iditarod when she watched the 2012 start. She says, “I feel beyond fortunate to be participating in my fifth Iditarod and am excited to hopefully see the southern route for the first time. I love nothing more than the serenity of being out in the wilderness for days on end with my canine companions. The trail is the only place my mind can be quiet, away from the endless chatter of modern society. In addition to taking in wild Alaska from the back of a dog sled, I take pride in doing what I can to protect the Alaskan wilderness and its precious resources from exploitation. My partner, Tim Osmar, and I commercially salmon fish in the summer and we care deeply about protecting the wild salmon habitat in Alaska. Over the past six years, we have collaborated with various advocacy groups including Trout Unlimited, Renewable Resource Coalition, Musicians United to Protect Bristol Bay, Cook Inlet Keeper, Earth Justice, Alaska Community Action on Toxics, Stand for Salmon, Northern Center for the Environment, and more.” Last year, Monica was recognized as Alaska’s Activist of the Year for her persistent commitment to challenging foreign mining companies that threaten our Alaska way of life.

Sponsors

Posh House
Petchup
Plant Therapy
Musicians United to Protect Bristol Bay
Ed’s Kasilof Seafoods
Snug Harbor Seafoods
Mom & Grandma (Della Lane & Lee Height)

Twin Rivers Liquor Store
Vivienne Bell & Mary Hundorf DVM
Cumberland School District
Tilgner’s Smoked Salmon
Team Zappa Dog Sponsors
Jen Reiter’s Class
Back Bay Medical


2015 Standings

Checkpoint Time In Dogs In Time Out Dogs Out Rest Time Previous Layover Status Distance
Enroute Time Speed (mph) 8hr 24hr
Anchorage 3/07 11:52:00 12
Fairbanks 3/09 11:42:00 16
Nenana 3/09 17:16:00 16 3/09 17:19:00 16 0h 3m 5h 34m 10.78 60
Manley Hot Springs 3/10 13:01:00 16 3/10 19:36:00 16 6h 35m 19h 42m 4.57 90
Tanana 3/11 06:23:00 16 3/11 14:25:00 15 8h 2m 10h 47m 6.12 ✔ 66
Ruby 3/12 15:19:00 15 3/13 16:24:00 15 25h 5m 24h 54m 4.78 ✔ ✔ 119
Galena 3/13 23:00:00 15 3/14 05:42:00 14 6h 42m 6h 36m 7.58 ✔ ✔ 50
Huslia 3/15 00:11:00 14 3/15 11:40:00 14 11h 29m 18h 29m 4.44 ✔ ✔ 82
Koyukuk 3/16 10:32:00 14 3/16 15:38:00 14 5h 6m 22h 52m 3.76 ✔ ✔ 86
Nulato 3/16 18:55:00 14 3/16 19:38:00 14 0h 43m 3h 17m 6.70 ✔ ✔ 22
Kaltag 3/17 01:56:00 14 3/17 10:40:00 13 8h 44m 6h 18m 7.46 ✔ ✔ 47
Unalakleet 3/18 03:47:00 13 3/18 12:56:00 12 9h 9m 17h 7m 4.97 ✔ ✔ 85
Shaktoolik 3/18 19:46:00 12 3/19 10:02:00 12 14h 16m 6h 50m 5.85 ✔ ✔ 40
Koyuk 3/19 18:56:00 12 3/20 01:08:00 12 6h 12m 8h 54m 5.62 ✔ ✔ 50
Elim 3/20 07:29:00 12 3/20 10:57:00 12 3h 28m 6h 21m 7.56 ✔ ✔ 48
White Mountain 3/20 18:24:00 12 3/21 02:53:00 12 8h 29m 7h 27m 6.17 ✔ ✔ 46
Safety 3/21 10:05:00 12 3/21 10:34:00 12 0h 29m 7h 12m 7.64 ✔ ✔ 55
Nome 3/21 13:13:00 12 2h 39m 8.30 ✔ ✔ 22