December 11, 2018

Musher Details

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Jeff King

Bib Number: 11
Hometown: Denali, Alaska
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Biography

Jeff King, 63, was born and raised in California, and moved to Alaska in 1975 in search of adventure. He quickly became interested in dog sledding and Alaskan huskies, devoting all his spare time and money to building his own team, while developing a construction business. He began racing in 1980. His competitive nature and athleticism had found a new outlet, and Jeff set his sights ever higher, entering his first Iditarod just one year later. In 1992 he decided to devote his full time and energy to training and racing, setting aside his construction business. He won his first Iditarod the following season.

Jeff enjoys living just outside of Alaska’s Denali National Park and sharing his life with his 40 sled dogs, one of which spends a lot of time on the couch. In the summer months, Husky Homestead welcomes visitors from around the world to watch his sled dogs in action, hear stories of adventure, learn about Alaskan Huskies, the tradition of dog mushing and the life and spirit of Alaska, the last frontier.

Jeff has three grown daughters, Cali, Tessa and Ellen, and is a proud grampa to three grandchildren. All three daughters ran the Jr. Iditarod and Cali finished the Iditarod.

Jeff has an outstanding race record, including a Yukon Quest victory in 1981, nine Kuskokwim 300 victories, and four Iditarod victories.

Awards

First to the Gold Coast — Sponsored by Wells Fargo
Leonhard Seppala Humanitarian — Sponsored by Alaska Airlines

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 10:22:00 12
Willow 3/02 14:18:00 16
Yentna 3/02 18:14:00 16 3/02 18:16:00 16 0h 2m 3h 56m 10.68 42
Skwentna 3/02 21:34:00 16 3/02 21:39:00 16 0h 5m 3h 18m 10.30 34
Finger Lake 3/03 08:33:00 16 3/03 08:35:00 16 0h 2m 10h 54m 4.13 45
Rainy Pass 3/03 11:48:00 16 3/03 17:03:00 16 5h 15m 3h 13m 9.33 30
Rohn 3/03 21:39:00 16 3/03 21:59:00 16 0h 20m 4h 36m 10.43 48
Nikolai 3/04 11:46:00 16 3/04 16:47:00 16 5h 1m 13h 47m 5.44 75
McGrath 3/04 23:24:00 16 3/04 23:41:00 16 0h 17m 6h 37m 8.16 54
Takotna 3/05 02:21:00 16 3/06 05:13:00 16 26h 52m 2h 40m 6.75 ✔ 18
Ophir 3/06 07:38:00 16 3/06 07:40:00 16 0h 2m 2h 25m 10.34 ✔ 25
Cripple 3/06 17:06:00 16 3/07 00:26:00 16 7h 20m 9h 26m 6.25 ✔ 59
Ruby 3/07 10:08:00 16 3/07 18:08:00 16 8h 0m 9h 42m 11.55 ✔ ✔ 112
Galena 3/08 00:34:00 16 3/08 03:54:00 16 3h 20m 6h 26m 8.08 ✔ ✔ 52
Nulato 3/08 11:40:00 16 3/08 16:32:00 16 4h 52m 7h 46m 6.70 ✔ ✔ 52
Kaltag 3/08 22:25:00 16 3/09 03:44:00 16 4h 19m 5h 53m 7.14 ✔ ✔ 42
Unalakleet 3/09 14:02:00 16 3/09 19:01:00 16 4h 59m 10h 18m 8.74 ✔ ✔ 90
Shaktoolik 3/10 01:27:00 16 3/10 06:36:00 16 5h 9m 6h 26m 6.53 ✔ ✔ 42
Koyuk 3/10 13:27:00 16 3/10 17:57:00 16 4h 30m 6h 51m 7.01 ✔ ✔ 48
Elim 3/11 00:50:00 16 3/11 03:10:00 16 2h 20m 6h 53m 6.97 ✔ ✔ 48
White Mountain 3/11 09:50:00 16 3/11 17:50:00 14 8h 0m 6h 40m 6.90 ✔ ✔ 46
Safety 3/12 00:52:00 14 3/12 00:53:00 14 0h 1m 7h 2m 7.82 ✔ ✔ 55
Nome 3/12 04:05:51 14 3h 12m 6.88 ✔ ✔ 22