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Joar Leifseth Ulsom

Bib Number: 47
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.

Sponsors

Helgeland Sparebank
OT Sleds
Non-stop Dogwear
Momek Group
Klattermusen
Handler Import
Rana Trekk & Brukshundklub
Trust Forwarding

Arctic Chiropractic
Connectria Hosting
NPS Shared Beringian Heritage Program
Chukotka Discovery
GoNorth! Adventure Learning
Solveig Leifseth, Vegar Leifseth Ulsom & Gunnar Ulsom
Joyce and Peter Duncan


2014 Standings

Checkpoint Time In Dogs In Time Out Dogs Out Rest Time Previous Layover Status Distance
Enroute Time Speed (mph) 8hr 24hr
Anchorage 3/01 11:39:00 12
Willow 3/02 15:30:00 16
Yentna Station 3/02 19:28:00 16 3/02 19:31:00 16 0h 3m 3h 58m 10.59 42
Skwentna 3/02 22:29:00 16 3/03 01:51:00 16 3h 22m 2h 58m 10.11 30
Finger Lake 3/03 06:24:00 16 3/03 09:32:00 16 3h 8m 4h 33m 8.79 40
Rainy Pass 3/03 12:56:00 16 3/03 16:55:00 16 3h 59m 3h 24m 8.82 30
Rohn 3/03 20:41:00 16 3/04 02:07:00 16 5h 26m 3h 46m 9.29 35
Nikolai 3/04 12:07:00 16 3/04 16:41:00 16 4h 34m 10h 0m 7.50 75
McGrath 3/04 22:09:00 16 3/05 00:44:00 15 2h 35m 5h 28m 8.78 48
Takotna 3/05 02:51:00 15 3/05 02:53:00 15 0h 2m 2h 7m 8.50 18
Ophir 3/05 05:16:00 15 3/06 06:02:00 14 24h 46m 2h 23m 9.65 ✔ 23
Cripple 3/06 15:54:00 14 3/06 20:44:00 14 4h 50m 9h 52m 7.40 ✔ 73
Ruby 3/07 05:33:00 14 3/07 13:33:00 14 8h 0m 8h 49m 7.94 ✔ ✔ 70
Galena 3/07 19:01:00 14 3/07 23:57:00 14 4h 56m 5h 28m 9.15 ✔ ✔ 50
Nulato 3/08 05:30:00 14 3/08 05:32:00 14 0h 2m 5h 33m 6.67 ✔ ✔ 37
Kaltag 3/08 09:32:00 14 3/08 14:32:00 14 5h 0m 4h 0m 11.75 ✔ ✔ 47
Unalakleet 3/09 00:05:00 14 3/09 05:08:00 12 4h 3m 9h 33m 8.90 ✔ ✔ 85
Shaktoolik 3/09 10:38:00 12 3/09 13:50:00 12 3h 12m 5h 30m 7.27 ✔ ✔ 40
Koyuk 3/09 20:18:00 12 3/10 01:05:00 11 4h 47m 6h 28m 7.73 ✔ ✔ 50
Elim 3/10 06:45:00 11 3/10 07:08:00 9 0h 23m 5h 40m 8.47 ✔ ✔ 48
White Mountain 3/10 15:49:00 9 3/10 23:49:00 9 8h 0m 8h 41m 5.30 ✔ ✔ 46
Safety 3/11 07:30:00 9 3/11 07:35:00 9 0h 5m 7h 41m 7.16 ✔ ✔ 55
Nome 3/11 10:01:01 9 2h 26m 9.04 ✔ ✔ 22