December 14, 2018

Musher Details

2008 Iditarod » Mushers » Rick Casillo

Rick Casillo

Bib Number: 34
Hometown: Big Lake, Alaska
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Biography

Rick Casillo, 44, grew up in a small country town of Alder, outside of Buffalo, NY. He worked in Alden as a sub-contractor before moving to Alaska in 1999 to become a fly fishing guide. He began mushing in 2002. He says, as he watched the Race go by, he began to get interested in actually running it. He first ran in 2004. He came back in 2014, after establishing their kennel, Battle Dawgs Racing. “The primary goal of our kennel is racing the Iditarod and raising awareness for combat veterans. My wife, Jennifer, a combat veteran, and I have a non-profit organization called Battle Dawgs. The is separate from the race kennel. Battle Dawgs’ focus is providing year round camps for warriors all across the country and Alaska. Activities include Iditarod, dog mushing, rafting, hiking and hunting. Our motto is ‘Helping Our Warriors one step at a time.’ This year we are taking the first steps in building our year round facility for warriors, families and their battle buddies.” Rick lists his hobbies as “working with combat veterans and fly fishing.”

Sponsors

Northern Outfitters
Prism Health Networks
Zoladz Contruction
Helen Joffarin
Dr. Lou Packard/Wasilla Urgent Care


2008 Standings

Checkpoint Time In Dogs In Time Out Dogs Out Rest Time Previous Layover Status Distance
Enroute Time Speed (mph) 8hr 24hr
Anchorage 3/01 11:12:00 12
Willow 3/02 15:04:00 16
Yentna 3/02 18:33:00 16 3/02 18:37:00 16 0h 4m 3h 29m 12.06 42
Skwentna 3/03 00:24:00 16 3/03 00:29:00 16 0h 5m 5h 47m 5.88 34
Finger Lake 3/03 10:23:00 16 3/03 10:27:00 16 0h 4m 9h 54m 4.55 45
Rainy Pass 3/03 14:01:00 16 3/03 19:00:00 13 4h 59m 3h 34m 8.41 30
Rohn 3/04 00:48:00 13 3/04 06:40:00 13 5h 52m 5h 48m 8.28 48
Nikolai 3/04 15:58:00 13 3/04 23:49:00 11 7h 51m 9h 18m 8.06 75
McGrath 3/05 06:21:00 11 3/06 08:28:00 11 26h 7m 6h 32m 8.27 ✔ 54
Takotna 3/06 10:25:00 11 3/06 10:29:00 11 0h 4m 1h 57m 9.23 ✔ 18
Ophir 3/06 12:55:00 11 3/06 18:21:00 11 5h 26m 2h 26m 10.27 ✔ 25
Cripple 3/07 09:19:00 11 3/07 09:45:00 11 0h 26m 14h 58m 3.94 ✔ 59
Ruby 3/08 02:13:00 11 3/08 08:38:00 10 6h 25m 16h 28m 6.80 ✔ 112
Galena 3/08 15:52:00 10 3/08 23:55:00 10 8h 3m 7h 14m 7.19 ✔ ✔ 52
Nulato 3/09 07:36:00 10 3/09 07:47:00 10 0h 11m 6h 41m 7.78 ✔ ✔ 52
Kaltag 3/09 12:52:00 10 3/09 21:50:00 9 8h 58m 5h 5m 8.26 ✔ ✔ 42
Unalakleet 3/10 15:25:00 9 3/11 02:39:00 8 11h 14m 17h 35m 5.12 ✔ ✔ 90
Shaktoolik 3/11 09:05:00 8 3/11 16:15:00 8 7h 10m 6h 26m 6.53 ✔ ✔ 42
Koyuk 3/11 22:43:00 8 3/12 06:56:00 8 8h 13m 6h 28m 7.42 ✔ ✔ 48
Elim 3/12 13:10:00 8 3/12 18:23:00 8 5h 13m 6h 14m 7.70 ✔ ✔ 48
White Mountain 3/13 00:20:00 8 3/13 08:20:00 8 8h 0m 5h 57m 7.73 ✔ ✔ 46
Safety 3/13 14:34:00 8 3/13 14:35:00 8 0h 1m 6h 14m 8.82 ✔ ✔ 55
Nome 3/13 17:33:55 8 2h 58m 7.42 ✔ ✔ 22