December 12, 2018

Musher Details

2009 Iditarod » Mushers » Martin Buser

Martin Buser

Bib Number: 33
Hometown: Big Lake, Alaska
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Biography

Born in Winterthur, Switzerland in 1958, Martin became fascinated with sled dogs while still a teen. He came to Alaska in 1979 to enhance his knowledge of care and training of sled dogs. He began working and training with long-time Alaskan mushers Earl and Natalie Norris and ran his first Iditarod in 1980. Martin and wife Kathy Chapoton, a retired teacher, reside in Big Lake, Alaska, where the family owns and manages Happy Trails Kennel. They have two sons, Nikolai, 30 years old and Rohn, 28.

Martin started and completed thirty-five Iditarod races, thirty-three consecutively (holding the record for consecutive finishes) and entered the 2019 race. He is a four-time Iditarod champion, winning in 1992, 1994, 1997 and 2002. His greatest pride comes with being a five-time winner of the Leonhard Seppala Humanitarian Award for Best Dog Care.

Martin finds great pleasure in training and traveling with his sled dogs. He shares his knowledge and passion for Alaskan huskies and mushing by speaking in schools, giving summer tours and presenting motivational speeches.

He is on the Board of Directors for the Blood Bank of Alaska; believing in its mission he has donated xxx gallons of blood. He is also an honorary Rotary Member after participating for many years as an active member and being part of the End Polio campaign.

Following Martin’s 2002 Iditarod victory, the process for his becoming a naturalized citizen of the United States was completed under the burled arch in Nome.

Upon completion of the 2005 Iditarod after a woodworking accident 4 days prior to the race start resulting in the amputation of a part of his finger; his fellow mushers awarded him both the Sportsmanship and Most Inspirational Awards.

Martin was the first musher to complete the Iditarod in less than 9 days and held that record for nine years.

Martin’s book, DOG MAN, is the story of self-discovery and takes the reader with him on the adventures, misadventures and lessons learned from his devoted relationship with his canine friends.

Martin is forever in awe of the spirit and ability of the Alaskan husky.

Sponsors

Kendall Auto Group
Eagle Pack Holistic Natural Pet Foods/John Hart IN
Marylou Whitney
Northern Outfitters/Jim Harrison
Diversified Tire/Dave & Judy Schnieder
MTA/Greg Berbrick
Big Lake-Susitna Veterinary Hospital/Dr. and Mrs. Bryan Beatsle
Spenard Builder's Supply
Taiga Mushing Supplies, Inc./Joanne Trefethen

Trapper Creek Smoking Company/Andy Wahry
Jona & Jon VanZyle
Alaska Orthopedic Specialists/Dr. David McGuire
Dr. Michael McNamara
Sprocketheads/Steve Rychetnik
Rotary International District 5010 END POLIO NOW
The Trabits Group/George & Renee Trabits


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 11:10:00 12
Willow 3/08 15:02:00 16
Yentna 3/08 18:51:00 16 3/08 21:04:00 16 2h 13m 3h 49m 17.29 66
Skwentna 3/09 00:00:00 16 3/09 04:29:00 16 4h 29m 2h 56m 11.59 34
Finger Lake 3/09 09:31:00 16 3/09 14:05:00 16 4h 34m 5h 2m 8.94 45
Rainy Pass 3/09 17:04:00 16 3/09 20:38:00 16 3h 34m 2h 59m 10.06 30
Rohn 3/10 01:00:00 16 3/10 07:32:00 14 6h 32m 4h 22m 10.99 48
Nikolai 3/10 22:32:00 14 3/10 22:33:00 14 0h 1m 15h 0m 5.00 75
McGrath 3/11 05:08:00 14 3/11 11:09:00 14 6h 1m 6h 35m 8.20 54
Takotna 3/11 13:27:00 14 3/11 13:27:00 14 0h 0m 2h 18m 7.83 18
Ophir 3/11 16:50:00 14 3/12 18:00:00 14 25h 10m 3h 23m 7.39 ✔ 25
Iditarod 3/13 07:22:00 14 3/13 13:50:00 13 6h 28m 13h 22m 6.73 ✔ 90
Shageluk 3/13 21:35:00 13 3/14 05:35:00 13 8h 0m 7h 45m 8.39 ✔ ✔ 65
Anvik 3/14 08:38:00 13 3/14 08:39:00 13 0h 1m 3h 3m 8.20 ✔ ✔ 25
Grayling 3/14 10:57:00 13 3/14 17:41:00 13 6h 44m 2h 18m 7.83 ✔ ✔ 18
Eagle Island 3/15 02:22:00 13 3/15 09:15:00 13 6h 53m 8h 41m 6.91 ✔ ✔ 60
Kaltag 3/15 18:07:00 13 3/16 03:40:00 12 9h 33m 8h 52m 7.89 ✔ ✔ 70
Unalakleet 3/16 13:54:00 12 3/16 19:05:00 12 5h 11m 10h 14m 8.79 ✔ ✔ 90
Shaktoolik 3/17 00:35:00 12 3/17 21:45:00 11 21h 10m 5h 30m 7.27 ✔ ✔ 40
Koyuk 3/18 03:34:00 11 3/18 08:12:00 11 4h 38m 5h 49m 9.97 ✔ ✔ 58
Elim 3/18 13:46:00 11 3/18 17:26:00 11 3h 40m 5h 34m 8.62 ✔ ✔ 48
White Mountain 3/18 23:26:00 11 3/19 07:27:00 10 8h 1m 6h 0m 7.67 ✔ ✔ 46
Nome 3/19 16:43:00 10 9h 16m 8.31 ✔ ✔ 77