October 18, 2018

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2008 Iditarod » Mushers » Eric Rogers

Eric Rogers

Bib Number: 25
Hometown: Eagle River, Alaska
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Biography

Eric Rogers, 61, a PhD Physicist who moved to Alaska from Houston, Texas, in 1992, achieved a childhood dream by finishing the 2006 Iditarod as that year's oldest rookie. In 2009 Eric continues to follow the dream as a member of the over 60 club. Born in California, Eric spent his early years watching Sgt. Preston and reading Jack London. In 1970 he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and trained as a navigator in KC-135's for the Strategic Air Command. In 1972, asa graduation exercise from Navigator School, he flew to Anchorage for the first time and says, "Alaska was everything I had dreamed." He served a brief tour in Southeast Asia in 1973 and made his second trip to Alaska, TDY to Fairbanks in September of that year. He left the Air Force with sinus problems in 1975, returned to graduate school and finished his Ph.D. in theoretical physics at the University of Washington in 1981. He joined Shell Oil in Houston as a geophysicist. In February, 1988, he and his wife, Marti, took a "second honeymoon" to Alaska and drove from Seward to Coldfoot. He says Marti fell in love with it just like he had. He left Shell in 1991 and they moved to Alaska, following a childhood dream. Eric says it is an open question as to whether he will get good at Iditarod or get old first. He is a member of the American Physical Society, Chugiak Dog Mushers, Iditarod and P.R.I.D.E. His hobbies are dogs, history of the North Country, mountains, weather, geology, physics and Alaska. He and Marti are parents of Delphone, 34, Dawn, 31, Andi, 27 and Liz, 26.

 

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Northern Restaurant Group, LLC
Daily’s Web Design
Alaska Knights of Columbus


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 10:52:00 12
Willow 3/02 14:46:00 15
Yentna 3/02 19:30:00 15 3/02 19:32:00 15 0h 2m 4h 44m 8.87 42
Skwentna 3/02 23:40:00 15 3/03 09:47:00 13 10h 7m 4h 8m 8.23 34
Finger Lake 3/03 19:04:00 13 3/04 00:18:00 13 5h 14m 9h 17m 4.85 45
Rainy Pass 3/04 04:55:00 13 3/04 11:57:00 13 7h 2m 4h 37m 6.50 30
Rohn 3/04 18:13:00 13 3/05 08:26:00 13 14h 13m 6h 16m 7.66 48
Nikolai 3/05 20:14:00 13 3/06 06:00:00 13 9h 46m 11h 48m 6.36 75
McGrath 3/06 12:30:00 13 3/07 14:54:00 13 26h 24m 6h 30m 8.31 ✔ 54
Takotna 3/07 17:12:00 13 3/07 17:15:00 13 0h 3m 2h 18m 7.83 ✔ 18
Ophir 3/07 19:58:00 13 3/08 01:23:00 13 5h 25m 2h 43m 9.20 ✔ 25
Cripple 3/08 22:15:00 13 3/09 08:27:00 13 9h 12m 20h 52m 2.83 ✔ 59
Ruby 3/09 22:24:00 13 3/10 07:31:00 13 9h 7m 13h 57m 8.03 ✔ ✔ 112
Galena 3/10 13:51:00 13 3/10 21:04:00 13 7h 13m 6h 20m 8.21 ✔ ✔ 52
Nulato 3/11 03:50:00 13 3/11 11:35:00 13 7h 45m 6h 46m 7.68 ✔ ✔ 52
Kaltag 3/11 18:11:00 13 3/12 04:40:00 13 10h 29m 6h 36m 6.36 ✔ ✔ 42
Unalakleet 3/13 00:48:00 13 3/13 08:55:00 13 8h 7m 20h 8m 4.47 ✔ ✔ 90
Shaktoolik 3/13 16:20:00 13 3/13 22:45:00 13 6h 25m 7h 25m 5.66 ✔ ✔ 42
Koyuk 3/14 05:38:00 13 3/14 13:08:00 13 7h 30m 6h 53m 6.97 ✔ ✔ 48
Elim 3/14 19:30:00 13 3/15 01:09:00 13 5h 39m 6h 22m 7.54 ✔ ✔ 48
White Mountain 3/15 08:18:00 13 3/15 16:25:00 13 8h 7m 7h 9m 6.43 ✔ ✔ 46
Safety 3/15 23:38:00 13 3/15 23:41:00 13 0h 3m 7h 13m 7.62 ✔ ✔ 55
Nome 3/16 02:57:12 13 3h 16m 6.73 ✔ ✔ 22