October 17, 2018

Musher Details

2014 Iditarod » Mushers » Martin Buser

Martin Buser

Bib Number: 36
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

Eagle Pack Natural Pet Food/WellPet, MA
Buser Boosters Everywhere
Tiaga Mushing Supplies
Trappers Creek Smoking Company
Alaska Hand-Elbow-Shoulder Surgical Specialist
Geneva Woods Health Care Services
Diversified Tire

St. Elias Specialty Hospital
A.I.H.
Big Lake Susitna Veterinary Hospital
MTA
Intrado, CO
Kendall Auto Group
Northern Outfitters

Awards

Leonhard Seppala Humanitarian — Sponsored by Alaska Airlines

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 11:14:00 12
Willow 3/02 15:08:00 16
Yentna Station 3/02 18:30:00 16 3/02 18:33:00 16 0h 3m 3h 22m 12.48 42
Skwentna 3/02 21:11:00 16 3/02 21:20:00 16 0h 9m 2h 38m 11.39 30
Finger Lake 3/03 01:54:00 16 3/03 02:19:00 16 0h 25m 4h 34m 8.76 40
Rainy Pass 3/03 05:42:00 16 3/03 09:43:00 16 4h 1m 3h 23m 8.87 30
Rohn 3/03 13:42:00 16 3/03 13:45:00 16 0h 3m 3h 59m 8.79 35
Nikolai 3/04 01:09:00 16 3/05 02:17:00 16 25h 8m 11h 24m 6.58 ✔ 75
McGrath 3/05 07:14:00 16 3/05 07:35:00 15 0h 21m 4h 57m 9.70 ✔ 48
Takotna 3/05 09:38:00 15 3/05 10:17:00 15 0h 39m 2h 3m 8.78 ✔ 18
Ophir 3/05 12:35:00 15 3/05 18:00:00 15 5h 25m 2h 18m 10.00 ✔ 23
Cripple 3/06 03:46:00 15 3/06 08:25:00 15 4h 39m 9h 46m 7.47 ✔ 73
Ruby 3/06 18:44:00 15 3/07 02:44:00 14 8h 0m 10h 19m 6.79 ✔ ✔ 70
Galena 3/07 08:53:00 14 3/07 11:15:00 14 2h 22m 6h 9m 8.13 ✔ ✔ 50
Nulato 3/07 17:38:00 14 3/07 21:34:00 14 3h 56m 6h 23m 5.80 ✔ ✔ 37
Kaltag 3/08 02:00:00 14 3/08 05:34:00 14 3h 34m 4h 26m 10.60 ✔ ✔ 47
Unalakleet 3/08 17:31:00 14 3/08 21:58:00 12 4h 27m 11h 57m 7.11 ✔ ✔ 85
Shaktoolik 3/09 05:27:00 12 3/09 08:32:00 12 3h 5m 6h 29m 6.17 ✔ ✔ 40
Koyuk 3/09 16:20:00 12 3/09 20:48:00 12 4h 28m 7h 48m 6.41 ✔ ✔ 50
Elim 3/10 03:10:00 12 3/10 04:40:00 12 1h 30m 6h 22m 7.54 ✔ ✔ 48
White Mountain 3/10 17:08:00 12 3/11 01:33:00 12 8h 25m 12h 28m 3.69 ✔ ✔ 46
Safety 3/11 12:45:00 12 3/11 12:47:00 12 0h 2m 11h 12m 4.91 ✔ ✔ 55
Nome 3/11 15:58:58 12 3h 11m 6.91 ✔ ✔ 22