December 14, 2018

Musher Details

2006 Iditarod » Mushers » Jim Lanier

Jim Lanier

Bib Number: 4
Hometown: Chugiak, Alaska
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Biography

Jim Lanier, 77 years young, was born in Washington D.C. and raised in Fargo, North Dakota. After receiving his medical degree from Washington University in St. Louis, he moved to Alaska in 1967 to serve at the Native Hospital in Anchorage with the US Public Health Service. A Pathologist at Providence Hospital for thirty-some years, Jim is now retired from medicine but not from mushing. He “went to the dogs” in the 70’s as a result of hanging around with Iditarod mushers Ron Gould, Dinah Knight and Gerry Riley. Then in 1979 he ran his first Iditarod, as chronicled in his book Beyond Ophir. A sequel, Way Beyond Ophir, is in 1st draft. In 2014 Jim entered his seventeenth race to Nome and, for the first time, had to scratch due to a ruptured Achilles tendon. 2015 and 2016 saw scratches two and three with pneumonia in Unalakleet and a fractured collar bone in Kaltag. In 2017 a bum knee forced a handing of the reins to good friend Gunnar Johnson. Apparently Jim’s determination, or stubbornness, knows no bounds as he now returns to the starting line for yet another go. After that “Who knows?” he says. “Health aside, it’s a matter of continued enjoyment of the dreaming, scheming, training, support of family and friends, and of going head to head with people half my age and younger.” Lanier’s specialty is his white dogs and, therefore, his “Northern Whites Kennel.” Jim is married to Anna Bondarenko, the first and only Russian Woman to enter and complete the Last Great Race, in 2000. He is the father of four adult children (Margaret, Kimberly, Willy and Jimmy) and grandfather of five (Annie, Ethan, Ollie, Logan and Jessie). His activities include singing, hunting, commercial fishing, cabin construction, reading, writing, tall tales, cheering the Minnesota Twins, and raising kids.

Sponsors

Drs. Joe & Julie Grohs/Alaska Equine and Small Animal Hospital


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 10:06:00 12
BLM 3/04 11:09:00 12 1h 3m 0.00
Willow 3/05 14:04:00 16 3/05 14:04:00 16 0h 0m 59
Yentna 3/05 17:47:00 16 3/05 17:47:00 16 0h 0m 3h 43m 12.11 45
Skwentna 3/06 00:12:00 16 3/06 00:17:00 16 0h 5m 6h 25m 5.30 34
Finger Lake 3/06 11:03:00 16 3/06 11:23:00 16 0h 20m 10h 46m 4.18 45
Rainy Pass 3/06 20:20:00 16 3/06 21:30:00 16 1h 10m 8h 57m 3.35 30
Rohn 3/07 01:25:00 16 3/07 09:25:00 16 8h 0m 3h 55m 12.26 48
Nikolai 3/07 18:31:00 16 3/08 02:17:00 16 7h 46m 9h 6m 10.22 93
McGrath 3/08 07:25:00 16 3/08 07:27:00 16 0h 2m 5h 8m 9.35 48
Takotna 3/08 10:02:00 16 3/09 12:42:00 15 26h 40m 2h 35m 8.90 ✔ 23
Ophir 3/09 14:50:00 15 3/09 15:01:00 14 0h 11m 2h 8m 17.81 ✔ 38
Cripple 3/10 05:44:00 14 3/10 13:45:00 13 8h 1m 14h 43m 4.08 ✔ 60
Ruby 3/11 00:20:00 13 3/11 08:37:00 13 8h 17m 10h 35m 10.58 ✔ ✔ 112
Galena 3/11 17:13:00 13 3/11 23:22:00 13 6h 9m 8h 36m 6.05 ✔ ✔ 52
Nulato 3/12 06:35:00 13 3/12 13:50:00 11 7h 15m 7h 13m 7.21 ✔ ✔ 52
Kaltag 3/12 20:15:00 11 3/13 02:42:00 11 6h 27m 6h 25m 6.55 ✔ ✔ 42
Unalakleet 3/13 20:40:00 11 3/14 03:44:00 11 7h 4m 17h 58m 5.01 ✔ ✔ 90
Shaktoolik 3/14 09:32:00 11 3/14 16:12:00 11 6h 40m 5h 48m 6.90 ✔ ✔ 40
Koyuk 3/14 23:23:00 11 3/15 08:07:00 11 8h 44m 7h 11m 8.07 ✔ ✔ 58
Elim 3/15 14:19:00 11 3/15 20:07:00 11 5h 48m 6h 12m 7.74 ✔ ✔ 48
White Mountain 3/16 03:29:00 11 3/16 12:03:00 11 8h 34m 7h 22m 6.24 ✔ ✔ 46
Safety 3/16 18:51:00 11 3/16 18:51:00 11 0h 0m 6h 48m 8.09 ✔ ✔ 55
Nome 3/16 21:59:30 11 3h 8m 7.02 ✔ ✔ 22