October 16, 2017

Musher Details

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Charley Bejna

Bib Number: 46
Hometown: Addison, IL
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Biography

Charley Bejna, 44, a self-described adventurer, was born and raised in Addison, Illinois. He first came to Alaska in 1991 with his dad and toured most of the State. He says he has had an interest in the Iditarod from early on. “I flew up to see the Iditarod in 2006 and became interested in running dogs after that.” Charley was an Idita-Rider with Bruce Linton in 2007 and a handler and tag sled driver for GB Jones, he is now musher. He has owned Charley’s Landscaping Co. for the past 27 years and currently operates the company in the summer months in Addison, Illinois. He also owns 31 sled dogs, including several retired ones, at his kennel in Knik. Charley as been a type 1 Diabetic (insulin pump dependent) for the past 17 years. “Managing my Diabetes on a daily basis is definitely a challenge. I am entering the 2018 Iditarod to enjoy the race, spend time with my dogs and see the beauty that Alaska has to offer. As a type 1 Diabetic, I want to show other diabetics that you can still live a normal life, even with Diabetes, as long as you take care of yourself to the best of your ability.” This will be Charley’s sixth Iditarod, and he says “A Big thanks to my dogs, my family, friends and everyone else who support me in running the Iditarod Race.”

Sponsors

Charley's Landscaping Co.
Anna/Kristy Berington
Jason Tranchitella
GB Jones
John/Alison Hitzker
Jayant Radhakrishnam MD
Mike/Lisa Chester
St. Thomas of Villanova School
Shirley Thomas
Frank & Yvonne Ogden
Robert/Marianne Bejna
Butch Bejna

Berdella Bogard
Guzman Family
Glen Crest Middle School
Deanna Stotts & Family
Elizabeth M. Meyer
Central Service & Repair
Janson/Stacey Cardy
Susan Laugal
Sondra Davis
Arthur Schwebke
William McCormick


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 12:28:00 16
Nenana 3/06 18:07:00 16 3/07 00:22:00 16 6h 15m 5h 39m 10.62 60
Manley 3/07 14:59:00 16 3/07 19:41:00 15 4h 42m 14h 37m 6.16 90
Tanana 3/08 08:07:00 15 3/08 15:01:00 15 6h 54m 12h 26m 5.31 66
Ruby 3/09 12:10:00 15 3/09 19:18:00 15 7h 8m 21h 9m 5.63 119
Galena 3/10 01:55:00 15 3/11 03:18:00 14 25h 23m 6h 37m 7.56 ✔ 50
Huslia 3/11 17:43:00 14 3/12 00:10:00 14 6h 27m 14h 25m 5.69 ✔ 82
Koyukuk 3/12 17:32:00 14 3/12 17:45:00 14 0h 13m 16h 22m 5.25 ✔ 86
Nulato 3/12 20:02:00 14 3/13 05:42:00 14 9h 40m 2h 17m 9.64 ✔ ✔ 22
Kaltag 3/13 09:50:00 14 3/13 16:40:00 14 6h 50m 4h 8m 11.37 ✔ ✔ 47
Unalakleet 3/14 07:53:00 14 3/14 16:18:00 14 8h 25m 15h 13m 5.59 ✔ ✔ 85
Shaktoolik 3/14 21:26:00 14 3/15 10:08:00 14 12h 42m 5h 8m 7.79 ✔ ✔ 40
Koyuk 3/15 15:35:00 14 3/15 21:32:00 14 5h 57m 5h 27m 9.17 ✔ ✔ 50
Elim 3/16 03:12:00 14 3/16 09:49:00 12 6h 37m 5h 40m 8.47 ✔ ✔ 48
White Mountain 3/16 15:33:00 12 3/16 23:46:00 10 8h 13m 5h 44m 8.02 ✔ ✔ 46
Safety 3/17 06:14:00 10 3/17 06:16:00 10 0h 2m 6h 28m 8.51 ✔ ✔ 55
Nome 3/17 09:30:21 10 3h 14m 6.80 ✔ ✔ 22