September 23, 2017

Musher Details

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Lev Shvarts

Hometown: Willow, Alaska


Lev Shvarts, 38, says, “I was born in Kiev, Ukraine, back when it was part of the Evil Empire. My parents took my brother and me and moved to the Boston area in 1989. I went to school there, and bounced off to college in Pittsburgh.” Lev received an engineering degree from Carnegie Mellon University in 2001, and went back to Massachusetts where he was employed as an engineer before moving to Alaska in 2011 to “play with dogs.” He says, “It all started with a dog named Ollie. He is a Siberian husky, now 14 and still around and still the best dog ever. I fell in love with mushing and even though Iditarod was a long time pipe dream, I decided to chase it. We moved to Alaska to make it happen, and here we are. He ran his first Iditarod in 2015. He currently is a carpenter and says he enjoys “making things and building things.” He is married to Melissa. And finally, he says, “I am a very proud American citizen as of 1997.”