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Jeff Deeter

Bib Number: 50
Hometown: Fairbanks, Alaska
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Biography

Jeff Deeter, 31, moved to Alaska with his parents at the age of five. His mom, who always wanted to move to Alaska, took a job teaching in Norvik. He says he went to the start of the 1988 Iditarod as a ten year old and knew then that he wanted to compete in this event someday. At age 15, Jeff started running sled dogs and ran his first Iditarod in 2008 at the age of 19. His next run was a decade later in 2018 with an entirely new, young group of dogs. Jeff says, “This race is the ultimate test of man and dog and their unique and primitive bond. I love the challenge of bad weather and rough trail, and that challenge keeps me excited about this race.” Jeff climbed 28 places in last year’s Iditarod to finish in 15th. “Finishing in the top 20 with a group of two and three year old dogs was a complete surprise! I am excited to bring those same dogs back to Iditarod 2020, just as they hit their prime and are ready f or more competitive racing.” When asked what part of racing the Iditarod is most challenging for Jeff, he insists it’s not the dark, the cold, the sleep deprivation or those famously technical sections of trail. “It’s the dog care. It’s up to the musher to ensure every dog on their team is in peak health. We have to be constantly vigilant to make sure we’re detecting any change in their status. That definitely keeps me awake on the runners. Having a happy, healthy team come across the finish line is the most important thing to me.” Jeff and his wife, KatieJo, own Black Spruce Dog Sledding, a home-based tour business that introduces people to the unique lifestyle of mushing in Alaska. They share a love of dogs and mushing and encourage fans to follow their kennel’s adventures through Facebook and Instagram.

Sponsors

Paul Sharaba
Lola Morrison
Kent Adams & Nancy Knivila
Rebecca Knight
Julie Sprott
Eugene & Lavonne Diemer
The Choate Family

Pat Chambers & Lynette Angell
Frank & Claudia Sihler
Elizabeth Kane
Anne Diemer, WA
Tanya Cowperchwaite, VA
Grandma Diemer's Dried Fruit, MT


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 11:47:00 12
Willow 3/02 15:36:00 16
Yentna 3/02 19:58:00 16 3/02 23:53:00 16 3h 55m 4h 22m 9.62 42
Skwentna 3/03 03:18:00 16 3/03 07:30:00 16 4h 12m 3h 25m 9.95 34
Finger Lake 3/03 13:12:00 16 3/03 19:12:00 16 6h 0m 5h 42m 7.89 45
Rainy Pass 3/03 23:35:00 16 3/04 07:53:00 16 8h 18m 4h 23m 6.84 30
Rohn 3/04 12:50:00 16 3/04 18:42:00 16 5h 52m 4h 57m 9.70 48
Nikolai 3/05 11:07:00 16 3/05 17:10:00 16 6h 3m 16h 25m 4.57 75
McGrath 3/06 00:23:00 16 3/06 05:45:00 16 5h 22m 7h 13m 7.48 54
Takotna 3/06 08:17:00 16 3/07 09:53:00 15 25h 36m 2h 32m 7.11 ✔ 18
Ophir 3/07 12:20:00 15 3/07 12:30:00 15 0h 10m 2h 27m 10.20 ✔ 25
Cripple 3/08 08:15:00 15 3/08 16:00:00 14 7h 45m 19h 45m 2.99 ✔ 59
Ruby 3/09 10:23:00 14 3/09 18:23:00 13 8h 0m 17h 23m 6.44 ✔ ✔ 112
Galena 3/10 00:52:00 13 3/10 07:45:00 12 6h 53m 6h 29m 8.02 ✔ ✔ 52
Nulato 3/10 15:27:00 12 3/11 01:00:00 12 9h 33m 7h 42m 6.75 ✔ ✔ 52
Kaltag 3/11 05:58:00 12 3/11 12:23:00 11 6h 25m 4h 58m 8.46 ✔ ✔ 42
Unalakleet 3/12 05:33:00 11 3/12 13:34:00 11 8h 1m 17h 10m 5.24 ✔ ✔ 90
Shaktoolik 3/12 19:27:00 11 3/13 02:30:00 11 7h 3m 5h 53m 7.14 ✔ ✔ 42
Koyuk 3/13 08:32:00 11 3/13 14:43:00 11 6h 11m 6h 2m 7.96 ✔ ✔ 48
Elim 3/13 20:45:00 11 3/14 04:56:00 11 8h 11m 6h 2m 7.96 ✔ ✔ 48
White Mountain 3/14 10:48:00 11 3/14 18:51:00 11 8h 3m 5h 52m 7.84 ✔ ✔ 46
Safety 3/15 01:15:00 11 3/15 01:20:00 11 0h 5m 6h 24m 8.59 ✔ ✔ 55
Nome 3/15 04:11:45 11 2h 51m 7.72 ✔ ✔ 22