December 9, 2018

Musher Details

2008 Iditarod » Mushers » Bruce Linton

Bruce Linton

Bib Number: 8
Hometown: Kasilof, Alaska
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Biography

Bruce Linton, 49, was born in New York City and was raised in the suburbs of Philadelphia. He studied at Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania where he received two degrees, one in Environmental Science and the other in Mathematics/Computer Science. Soon after graduation, Bruce worked as an Environmental Scientist near Boston and at the same time pursued his Master’s Degree in Hazardous Waste Management at Tufts University. In 1994, he moved to Vermont and worked for the State of Vermont as an Environmental Analyst.

In 1998, he began mushing and soon after started a dog sled touring business called Green Mountain Dog Sled Adventures. Green Mountain Dog Sled Adventures grew quickly and in 2004 Bruce resigned from his State job to run his sled dog touring business full time. Unexpectedly, the touring business took over his life and he realized that he couldn’t live his dreams of training and racing his dogs while at the same time running his business.

Bruce made the big move from Vermont to Alaska in the summer of 2006 with his wife Melissa so that he could fulfill his lifelong dream of running the Iditarod. He has completed the last five Iditarods and has bettered his finishing position each year.

In his spare time Bruce enjoys running marathons and competing in triathlons. He has completed 12 marathons, three Ironman triathlons, and hundreds of other athletic events. Bruce has managed to fulfill all of these accomplishments as a Type 1 diabetic which brings its own set of challenges. Bruce is committed to raise awareness about diabetes and to spread his message that diabetes can achieve anything as long as they take care of themselves, live a healthy lifestyle, and “dream big” with a positive attitude. Bruce believes that diabetes should not be limited by their medical condition and has renamed his kennel to align with that philosophy – No Limits Sled Dog Kennel. He has given talks about the Iditarod and living one’s dream to thousands of children around the country and has been featured in several TV shows.

When Bruce is not training his dogs or giving presentations, he is an Environmental Compliance Officer for Homer Electric Association. Bruce and Melissa have a 3 year old son named Brody and a one year old daughter named Shea.

Sponsors

Diabetes Sports and Wellness Foundation, WI
Oasis Environmental
Medtronic Corporation, GA
Bootie Brigade
Arrowhead Fabrics


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 10:15:00 12
Willow 3/02 14:12:00 16
Yentna 3/02 17:56:00 16 3/02 18:01:00 16 0h 5m 3h 44m 11.25 42
Skwentna 3/02 21:01:00 16 3/03 03:05:00 16 6h 4m 3h 0m 11.33 34
Finger Lake 3/03 08:15:00 16 3/03 13:22:00 16 5h 7m 5h 10m 8.71 45
Rainy Pass 3/03 17:04:00 16 3/03 22:48:00 16 5h 44m 3h 42m 8.11 30
Rohn 3/04 04:40:00 16 3/04 13:09:00 13 8h 29m 5h 52m 8.18 48
Nikolai 3/04 23:05:00 13 3/05 09:17:00 13 10h 12m 9h 56m 7.55 75
McGrath 3/05 15:55:00 13 3/05 16:29:00 13 0h 34m 6h 38m 8.14 54
Takotna 3/05 19:23:00 13 3/06 22:36:00 13 27h 13m 2h 54m 6.21 ✔ 18
Ophir 3/07 01:15:00 13 3/07 01:39:00 12 0h 24m 2h 39m 9.43 ✔ 25
Cripple 3/07 17:39:00 12 3/08 04:23:00 11 10h 44m 16h 0m 3.69 ✔ 59
Ruby 3/08 15:21:00 11 3/08 23:27:00 11 8h 6m 10h 58m 10.21 ✔ ✔ 112
Galena 3/09 06:53:00 11 3/09 15:57:00 11 9h 4m 6h 26m 8.08 ✔ ✔ 52
Nulato 3/09 23:05:00 11 3/10 07:32:00 11 8h 27m 7h 8m 7.29 ✔ ✔ 52
Kaltag 3/10 13:05:00 11 3/10 19:59:00 11 6h 54m 5h 33m 7.57 ✔ ✔ 42
Unalakleet 3/11 13:12:00 11 3/11 19:31:00 11 6h 19m 17h 13m 5.23 ✔ ✔ 90
Shaktoolik 3/12 01:44:00 11 3/12 09:30:00 11 7h 46m 6h 13m 6.76 ✔ ✔ 42
Koyuk 3/12 15:55:00 11 3/12 21:55:00 10 6h 0m 6h 25m 7.48 ✔ ✔ 48
Elim 3/13 04:15:00 10 3/13 10:04:00 10 5h 49m 6h 20m 7.58 ✔ ✔ 48
White Mountain 3/13 16:25:00 10 3/14 00:26:00 9 8h 1m 6h 21m 7.24 ✔ ✔ 46
Safety 3/14 07:30:00 9 3/14 07:32:00 9 0h 2m 7h 4m 7.78 ✔ ✔ 55
Nome 3/14 10:36:49 9 3h 4m 7.17 ✔ ✔ 22