December 12, 2018

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2012 Iditarod » Mushers » Bruce Linton

Bruce Linton

Bib Number: 36
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

Kelly & Summer Cody
Kasilof Premier Meats
Alaska Missions and Retreats
Central Peninsula Health Foundation
Snug Harbor Seafood
Echo Lake Meats
AK Custom Meat Processing
Oklahoma JDRF Chapter
Peninsula Smokefree Partnership
Pepsi Beverages Company
Connections, KPBSD
Mike Pinkowicz
Stanley Ford
Leslie Gillis
Marjorie Hanks
Sue Ann Henry
Madelyn Walker
Tom and Cheryl McGarrity
Barbara Stillwater
Charles MacLean
Sally Screven

Janet Burton
Annie Holt
Adam Mason
Janet Gordon
Debra Dorby
Todd Kingsbury
Melanie Tupaj
Mark Streets
Diane Douglas
Steve Davis
Larry Kost
Joanne Day
Richard Goon
Mathew Vogel
Patrick Lowkes
Kyle Schneider
Meagan Johnson
Dave Stauffer
Dennis Township 5th Grade Class
Jeremy Pratico
Janel Wright


2012 Standings

Checkpoint Time In Dogs In Time Out Dogs Out Rest Time Previous Layover Status Distance
Enroute Time Speed (mph) 8hr 24hr
Anchorage 3/03 11:14:00 12
Willow 3/04 15:08:00 16
Yentna Station 3/04 18:50:00 16 3/04 18:54:00 16 0h 4m 3h 42m 11.35 42
Skwentna 3/04 22:01:00 16 3/05 02:53:00 16 4h 52m 3h 7m 9.63 30
Finger Lake 3/05 07:46:00 16 3/05 08:10:00 16 0h 24m 4h 53m 8.19 40
Rainy Pass 3/05 11:49:00 16 3/05 17:32:00 15 5h 43m 3h 39m 8.22 30
Rohn 3/05 21:56:00 15 3/06 03:50:00 14 5h 54m 4h 24m 7.95 35
Nikolai 3/06 14:30:00 14 3/06 19:53:00 14 5h 23m 10h 40m 7.03 75
McGrath 3/07 02:59:00 14 3/07 03:16:00 14 0h 17m 7h 6m 6.76 48
Takotna 3/07 06:04:00 14 3/08 09:12:00 14 27h 8m 2h 48m 6.43 ✔ 18
Ophir 3/08 11:45:00 14 3/08 12:02:00 14 0h 17m 2h 33m 9.02 ✔ 23
Cripple 3/09 01:29:00 14 3/09 07:15:00 14 5h 46m 13h 27m 5.43 ✔ 73
Ruby 3/09 17:51:00 14 3/10 02:15:00 14 8h 24m 10h 36m 6.60 ✔ ✔ 70
Galena 3/10 08:27:00 14 3/10 15:06:00 14 6h 39m 6h 12m 8.06 ✔ ✔ 50
Nulato 3/10 21:39:00 14 3/11 09:49:00 14 11h 10m 6h 33m 5.65 ✔ ✔ 37
Kaltag 3/11 14:00:00 14 3/11 18:37:00 14 4h 37m 4h 11m 11.24 ✔ ✔ 47
Unalakleet 3/12 12:00:00 14 3/12 17:35:00 14 5h 35m 17h 23m 4.89 ✔ ✔ 85
Shaktoolik 3/12 23:28:00 14 3/14 08:30:00 14 33h 2m 5h 53m 6.80 ✔ ✔ 40
Koyuk 3/14 15:15:00 14 3/14 20:15:00 14 5h 0m 6h 45m 7.41 ✔ ✔ 50
Elim 3/15 02:04:00 14 3/15 08:13:00 14 6h 9m 5h 49m 8.25 ✔ ✔ 48
White Mountain 3/15 14:00:00 14 3/15 22:00:00 14 8h 0m 5h 47m 7.95 ✔ ✔ 46
Safety 3/16 04:35:00 14 3/16 04:37:00 14 0h 2m 6h 35m 8.35 ✔ ✔ 55
Nome 3/16 07:27:12 14 2h 50m 7.76 ✔ ✔ 22