December 16, 2017

Musher Details

2013 Iditarod » Mushers » Jim Lanier

Jim Lanier

Bib Number: 59
Hometown: Chugiak, Alaska
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Biography

Jim Lanier, 77 years young, was born in Washington D.C. and raised in Fargo, North Dakota. After receiving his medical degree from Washington University in St. Louis, he moved to Alaska in 1967 to serve at the Native Hospital in Anchorage with the US Public Health Service. A Pathologist at Providence Hospital for thirty-some years, Jim is now retired from medicine but not from mushing. He “went to the dogs” in the 70’s as a result of hanging around with Iditarod mushers Ron Gould, Dinah Knight and Gerry Riley. Then in 1979 he ran his first Iditarod, as chronicled in his book Beyond Ophir. A sequel, Way Beyond Ophir, is in 1st draft. In 2014 Jim entered his seventeenth race to Nome and, for the first time, had to scratch due to a ruptured Achilles tendon. 2015 and 2016 saw scratches two and three with pneumonia in Unalakleet and a fractured collar bone in Kaltag. In 2017 a bum knee forced a handing of the reins to good friend Gunnar Johnson. Apparently Jim’s determination, or stubbornness, knows no bounds as he now returns to the starting line for yet another go. After that “Who knows?” he says. “Health aside, it’s a matter of continued enjoyment of the dreaming, scheming, training, support of family and friends, and of going head to head with people half my age and younger.” Lanier’s specialty is his white dogs and, therefore, his “Northern Whites Kennel.” Jim is married to Anna Bondarenko, the first and only Russian Woman to enter and complete the Last Great Race, in 2000. He is the father of four adult children (Margaret, Kimberly, Willy and Jimmy) and grandfather of five (Annie, Ethan, Ollie, Logan and Jessie). His activities include singing, hunting, commercial fishing, cabin construction, reading, writing, tall tales, cheering the Minnesota Twins, and raising kids.


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 11:54:00 12
Willow 3/03 15:54:00 16
Yentna 3/03 19:27:00 16 3/03 19:36:00 16 0h 9m 3h 33m 11.83 42
Skwentna 3/03 22:27:00 16 3/04 02:42:00 16 4h 15m 2h 51m 10.53 30
Finger Lake 3/04 07:37:00 16 3/04 09:46:00 16 2h 9m 4h 55m 8.14 40
Rainy Pass 3/04 13:50:00 16 3/04 18:01:00 16 4h 11m 4h 4m 7.38 30
Rohn 3/04 22:58:00 16 3/04 23:28:00 16 0h 30m 4h 57m 7.07 35
Nikolai 3/05 18:43:00 16 3/05 18:55:00 16 0h 12m 19h 15m 3.90 75
McGrath 3/06 01:17:00 16 3/06 07:54:00 16 6h 37m 6h 22m 7.54 48
Takotna 3/06 10:14:00 16 3/06 10:23:00 16 0h 9m 2h 20m 7.71 18
Ophir 3/06 14:05:00 16 3/06 20:25:00 14 6h 20m 3h 42m 6.22 23
Iditarod 3/07 15:30:00 14 3/08 15:46:00 13 24h 16m 19h 5m 4.19 ✔ 80
Shageluk 3/08 23:09:00 13 3/09 04:25:00 13 5h 16m 7h 23m 7.45 ✔ 55
Anvik 3/09 08:25:00 13 3/09 08:48:00 13 0h 23m 4h 0m 6.25 ✔ 25
Grayling 3/09 11:04:00 13 3/09 16:22:00 13 5h 18m 2h 16m 7.94 ✔ 18
Eagle Island 3/09 23:36:00 13 3/10 09:22:00 11 8h 46m 7h 14m 8.57 ✔ ✔ 62
Kaltag 3/10 23:45:00 11 3/11 05:20:00 11 5h 35m 14h 23m 4.17 ✔ ✔ 60
Unalakleet 3/11 20:50:00 3/11 21:42:00 0h 52m 15h 30m 5.48 ✔ ✔ 85
Shaktoolik 3/12 03:48:00 11 3/12 10:20:00 11 6h 32m 6h 6m 6.56 ✔ ✔ 40
Koyuk 3/12 16:27:00 11 3/12 21:55:00 11 5h 28m 6h 7m 8.17 ✔ ✔ 50
Elim 3/13 05:10:00 11 3/13 10:39:00 11 5h 29m 7h 15m 6.62 ✔ ✔ 48
White Mountain 3/13 16:55:00 11 3/14 01:57:00 10 9h 2m 6h 16m 7.34 ✔ ✔ 46
Safety 3/14 08:50:00 10 3/14 08:52:00 10 0h 2m 6h 53m 7.99 ✔ ✔ 55
Nome 3/14 12:08:46 10 3h 16m 6.73 ✔ ✔ 22