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Joar Leifseth Ulsom

Bib Number: 32
Hometown: Mo i Rana, NORWAY
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Biography

Joar comes from Mo I Rana, an industrial town just south of the Arctic Circle in Norway. He was born with an insatiable love of dogs, sense of adventure and desire to get into the mountains. As he was without a dog himself, he would take his neighbor’s dogs for skijoring, hikes and camping trips, always enjoying the company of a canine friend. Once Joar finished with primary school he enrolled in an agricultural program at Val Lansbrukskole where he studied animal husbandry and farming science. During this time he worked a variety of locum jobs farming dairy cows, pigs and sheep.

Initially, Joar participated in small sled dog races with borrowed dogs and it was in 2008 that he found himself in a position to start his own kennel in Norway. In 2011, an opportunity to launch his racing career arose and he took it, making the bold move with his dog team to Alaska. Once settled in Willow, Joar set out to hone his racing technique and dog care while continuing to develop and grow his race team. He was thrilled to be able to participate in the races he had read about as a boy including the Iditarod, Yukon Quest, Nadezhda Hope Race and Kuskokwim 300. In 2018, Joar became a proud member of the Qrill Pet Mushing Team and it was a dream come true when he crossed the finish line in first place during that year’s Iditarod. In 2019, Joar and his fiancee Margot, who is a veterinarian, founded Sivo Racing Kennel based in Willow, Alaska.

Always keeping his roots with him, Joar remains a life-time member of Rana Trekk-og Brukshundklubb based in Mo I Rana and travels home to Norway as often as he can. In his free time he is still always trying to get into the mountains either on foot, skis, a bike or dog sled. In line with his love of adventure and the outdoors, in summer 2020 Joar started the process of obtaining his private pilot’s license with the ultimate goal of acquiring a commercial pilot’s license.

Awards

Jerry Austin Rookie of the Year

2013 Standings

Checkpoint Time In Dogs In Time Out Dogs Out Rest Time Previous Layover Status Distance
Enroute Time Speed (mph) 8hr 24hr
Anchorage 3/02 11:00:00 12
Willow 3/03 15:00:00 16
Yentna 3/03 19:12:00 16 3/03 19:15:00 16 0h 3m 4h 12m 10.00 42
Skwentna 3/03 22:31:00 16 3/04 02:09:00 16 3h 38m 3h 16m 9.18 30
Finger Lake 3/04 06:30:00 16 3/04 09:14:00 16 2h 44m 4h 21m 9.20 40
Rainy Pass 3/04 12:42:00 16 3/04 16:40:00 15 3h 58m 3h 28m 8.65 30
Rohn 3/04 21:01:00 15 3/05 02:24:00 14 5h 23m 4h 21m 8.05 35
Nikolai 3/05 11:04:00 14 3/05 15:38:00 14 4h 34m 8h 40m 8.65 75
McGrath 3/05 21:22:00 14 3/05 21:24:00 14 0h 2m 5h 44m 8.37 48
Takotna 3/05 23:47:00 14 3/07 00:57:00 14 25h 10m 2h 23m 7.55 ✔ 18
Ophir 3/07 03:35:00 14 3/07 03:40:00 14 0h 5m 2h 38m 8.73 ✔ 23
Iditarod 3/07 16:33:00 14 3/07 20:50:00 14 4h 17m 12h 53m 6.21 ✔ 80
Shageluk 3/08 04:20:00 14 3/08 04:26:00 14 0h 6m 7h 30m 7.33 ✔ 55
Anvik 3/08 07:40:00 14 3/08 15:40:00 14 8h 0m 3h 14m 7.73 ✔ ✔ 25
Grayling 3/08 18:15:00 14 3/08 18:25:00 14 0h 10m 2h 35m 6.97 ✔ ✔ 18
Eagle Island 3/09 02:16:00 14 3/09 07:04:00 13 4h 48m 7h 51m 7.90 ✔ ✔ 62
Kaltag 3/09 16:42:00 13 3/09 20:43:00 12 4h 1m 9h 38m 6.23 ✔ ✔ 60
Unalakleet 3/10 14:07:00 12 3/10 17:55:00 12 3h 48m 16h 24m 5.18 ✔ ✔ 85
Shaktoolik 3/11 00:36:00 12 3/11 03:18:00 10 2h 42m 6h 41m 5.99 ✔ ✔ 40
Koyuk 3/11 10:33:00 10 3/11 15:26:00 10 4h 53m 7h 15m 6.90 ✔ ✔ 50
Elim 3/11 23:03:00 10 3/12 02:19:00 10 3h 16m 7h 37m 6.30 ✔ ✔ 48
White Mountain 3/12 09:17:00 10 3/12 17:17:00 10 8h 0m 6h 58m 6.60 ✔ ✔ 46
Safety 3/13 00:45:00 10 3/13 00:46:00 10 0h 1m 7h 28m 7.37 ✔ ✔ 55
Nome 3/13 03:34:00 10 2h 48m 7.86 ✔ ✔ 22