June 23, 2017

Musher Details

2017 Iditarod » Mushers » Monica Zappa

Monica Zappa

Bib Number: 58
Hometown: Kasilof, Alaska
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Biography

Monica Zappa, 33, was born and raised in Cumberland, Wisconsin. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Meteorology from St. Cloud State University and a master’s in Geography from Northern Illinois University. She has also completed one year of a PhD program in Geography and worked at the National Weather Center at the University of Oklahoma. She moved to Kasilof in the spring of 2010, to run dogs and work as a handler for Bruce Linton. Then she says, “Tim Osmar talked me into living and working with him in the fall of 2010 and I haven’t left.” Her main occupation is commercial fishing, but she does a lot of other things to pay the bills. Her latest venture is making Mending Twine Bracelets and Blue Steel Leashes. She hopes to sell them this season to help afford Iditarod; they can be purchased on her webpage. Monica grew up in a mushing family. Both her parents competed in and officiated the John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon. She explained that her dad’s dream was to run the Iditarod but he died before it happened. Monica and Tim have been “Mushing to Save Bristol Bay” since 2012 and join their dogs in always standing up for the wild salmon when foreign mining giants threaten them.

Sponsors

Kenai Spine
Alaska Surgical Oncology
Granny Lee, WI
Posh House

Back Bay Medical
Team Headrick
Jen Reiter & 3rd graders


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 12:52:00 16
Nenana 3/06 18:35:00 16 3/07 00:28:00 16 5h 53m 5h 43m 10.50 60
Manley 3/07 14:57:00 16 3/07 21:37:00 15 6h 40m 14h 29m 6.21 90
Tanana 3/08 05:44:00 15 3/08 14:31:00 13 8h 47m 8h 7m 8.13 ✔ 66
Ruby 3/09 14:55:00 13 3/10 15:37:00 12 24h 42m 24h 24m 4.88 ✔ ✔ 119
Galena 3/10 21:39:00 12 3/11 02:57:00 11 5h 18m 6h 2m 8.29 ✔ ✔ 50
Huslia 3/11 18:46:00 11 3/12 04:20:00 10 8h 34m 15h 49m 5.18 ✔ ✔ 82
Koyukuk 3/12 21:52:00 10 3/12 22:05:00 10 0h 13m 17h 32m 4.90 ✔ ✔ 86
Nulato 3/13 00:26:00 10 3/13 05:52:00 10 5h 26m 2h 21m 9.36 ✔ ✔ 22
Kaltag 3/13 11:00:00 10 3/13 22:08:00 9 11h 8m 5h 8m 9.16 ✔ ✔ 47
Unalakleet 3/14 13:30:00 9 3/14 20:11:00 9 6h 41m 15h 22m 5.53 ✔ ✔ 85
Shaktoolik 3/15 02:18:00 9 6h 7m 6.54 ✔ ✔ Scratched 40