December 12, 2018

Musher Details

2009 Iditarod » Mushers » Eric Rogers

Eric Rogers

Bib Number: 60
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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2009 Standings

Checkpoint Time In Dogs In Time Out Dogs Out Rest Time Previous Layover Status Distance
Enroute Time Speed (mph) 8hr 24hr
Anchorage 3/07 12:09:00 12
Willow 3/08 15:56:00 15
Yentna 3/08 19:51:00 15 3/08 19:58:00 15 0h 7m 3h 55m 16.85 66
Skwentna 3/09 04:13:00 15 15 8h 15m 4.12 34
Finger Lake 3/09 17:42:00 15 3/09 17:53:00 15 0h 11m 45
Rainy Pass 3/09 22:28:00 15 3/10 07:15:00 15 8h 47m 4h 35m 6.55 30
Rohn 3/10 12:19:00 15 3/10 18:33:00 15 6h 14m 5h 4m 9.47 48
Nikolai 3/11 05:25:00 15 3/11 14:18:00 15 8h 53m 10h 52m 6.90 75
McGrath 3/11 21:24:00 15 3/11 21:40:00 15 0h 16m 7h 6m 7.61 54
Takotna 3/12 00:52:00 15 3/13 01:22:00 15 24h 30m 3h 12m 5.63 ✔ 18
Ophir 3/13 04:30:00 15 3/13 04:51:00 15 0h 21m 3h 8m 7.98 ✔ 25
Iditarod 3/14 00:41:00 15 3/14 10:40:00 15 9h 59m 19h 50m 4.54 ✔ 90
Shageluk 3/14 18:55:00 15 3/15 04:46:00 15 9h 51m 8h 15m 7.88 ✔ ✔ 65
Anvik 3/15 08:44:00 15 3/15 08:52:00 14 0h 8m 3h 58m 6.30 ✔ ✔ 25
Grayling 3/15 11:33:00 14 3/16 08:42:00 14 21h 9m 2h 41m 6.71 ✔ ✔ 18
Eagle Island 3/17 16:39:00 14 3/18 07:57:00 14 15h 18m 31h 57m 1.88 ✔ ✔ 60
Kaltag 3/18 17:17:00 14 3/19 03:52:00 14 10h 35m 9h 20m 7.50 ✔ ✔ 70
Unalakleet 3/19 16:10:00 14 3/20 04:40:00 14 12h 30m 12h 18m 7.32 ✔ ✔ 90
Shaktoolik 3/20 10:50:00 14 3/20 18:36:00 14 7h 46m 6h 10m 6.49 ✔ ✔ 40
Koyuk 3/21 01:48:00 14 3/21 12:04:00 14 10h 16m 7h 12m 8.06 ✔ ✔ 58
Elim 3/21 18:03:00 14 3/22 15:22:00 14 21h 19m 5h 59m 8.02 ✔ ✔ 48
White Mountain 3/22 21:46:00 14 3/23 09:04:00 12 11h 18m 6h 24m 7.19 ✔ ✔ 46
Safety 3/23 15:25:00 12 3/23 15:30:00 12 0h 5m 6h 21m 8.66 ✔ ✔ 55
Nome 3/23 18:18:35 12 2h 48m 7.86 ✔ ✔ 22