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Gary Paulsen

Bib Number: 15
Hometown: Willow, Alaska


Gary Paulsen, 69, was born in Minnesota and grew up living all over the world because his father was in the army. He moved to Alaska five years ago to train for and compete in the Iditarod and says he'll be here the rest of his life. He began mushing in 1979 and first ran the Iditarod in 1983 and again in 1985. For nine years, he has sailed the Pacific Ocean, Fiji, South Pacific, Alaska, Hawaii and Mexico. A writer for 43 plus years, he has written many award-winning children's books and books for adults. "I have come back to the Iditarod because I never should have left dogs-all the time sailing the Pacific, not a day went by that I didn't miss dogs and the dance that running them is for me. I will not leave them again." He says he is making a nostalgic run, non-competitive, simply running  to finish. Gary and his wife, Ruth, have one adult son, Jim.

2006 Standings

Checkpoint Time In Dogs In Time Out Dogs Out Rest Time Previous Layover Status Distance
Enroute Time Speed (mph) 8hr 24hr
Anchorage 3/04 10:30:00 12
BLM 3/04 11:36:00 12 1h 6m
Willow 3/05 14:26:00 16 3/05 14:26:00 16 0h 0m 59
Yentna 3/05 18:01:00 16 15 3h 35m 12.56 45
Skwentna 3/06 01:08:00 15 Scratched 34