August 20, 2017

Musher Details

2017 Iditarod » Mushers » Roger Lee

Roger Lee

Bib Number: 10
Hometown: Birkenhead, Wirral, ENGLAND


Biography

Roger Lee, 53, was born in California to British parents and raised in Birkenhead, near Liverpool, England. As a British Army Air Corps soldier, Roger was called to travel and adventure. He spent winters travelling Europe competing with his unit’s ski racing teams, training in Arctic Warfare survival skills, and leading ski trips for the Ski Club of Great Britain.

In 1990, after serving England for 10 years, he headed to the US where his Air Force career began with the Air National Guard. His time in the Alaska 210th Search and Rescue and Elmendorf Air Force Base 3rd Wing introduced him to Alaskan adventures and skijoring. His Iditarod dream was born after meeting DeeDee Jonrowe during a dog care presentation at an Anchorage Skijor Club meeting.

Utilizing the GI Bill, Roger earned a Masters Degree in Environmental Engineering from the University of Alaska-Anchorage. He was commissioned as a USAF active duty officer in 2003 and assigned to the lower 48. But, he held on to his dream. He became an Iditarod dog handler in 2006 and has been involved in the Last Great Race® ever since. In 2012, he met Scott Janssen, “the Mushing Mortician”, and the two struck up a conversation over their love for The Beatles and rock music. Since 1979, Roger has followed metal groups around the globe, including 157 AC/DC shows in 16 countries!

This year, Roger heads to the trail with Team Janssen—Scott, Anna & Kristy Berington—through the support of his wife, Camille, their Alaskan family Ron and Mel Stokes, the Johnson crew and countless other family, friends and colleagues that have helped build his dream into a reality.

Currently, Roger is on an inaugural USAF sabbatical – allowing him one year to train full-time for the Iditarod. After the Iditarod, he returns to active duty as a US Air Force, Biomedical Sciences Corps, Bioenvironmental Engineering Lieutenant Colonel.

Sponsors

Ron & Mel Stokes
Restoration Science & Engineering
Air Force Reserve
Mrs. Pops 'Pat' Lee


2017 Standings

Checkpoint Time In Dogs In Time Out Dogs Out Rest Time Previous Layover Status Distance
Enroute Time Speed (mph) 8hr 24hr
Fairbanks 3/06 11:16:00 16
Nenana 3/06 17:47:00 16 3/06 18:06:00 16 0h 19m 6h 31m 9.21 60
Manley 3/07 20:49:00 16 3/08 03:56:00 16 7h 7m 26h 43m 3.37 90
Tanana 3/08 14:48:00 16 3/09 06:21:00 12 15h 33m 10h 52m 6.07 ✔ 66
Ruby 3/10 09:28:00 12 3/10 17:47:00 12 8h 19m 27h 7m 4.39 ✔ 119
Galena 3/11 00:42:00 12 3/12 04:10:00 12 26h 28m 6h 55m 7.23 ✔ ✔ 50
Huslia 3/12 20:04:00 12 3/13 01:43:00 12 5h 39m 15h 54m 5.16 ✔ ✔ 82
Koyukuk 3/13 22:38:00 12 3/13 22:52:00 12 0h 14m 20h 55m 4.11 ✔ ✔ 86
Nulato 3/14 01:16:00 12 3/14 10:44:00 12 9h 28m 2h 24m 9.17 ✔ ✔ 22
Kaltag 3/14 14:55:00 12 3/14 17:12:00 10 2h 17m 4h 11m 11.24 ✔ ✔ 47
Unalakleet 3/15 11:30:00 10 3/15 19:05:00 9 7h 35m 18h 18m 4.64 ✔ ✔ 85
Shaktoolik 3/16 12:30:00 9 17h 25m 2.30 ✔ ✔ Scratched 40