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Thomas Waerner

Bib Number: 8
Hometown: Torpa, NORWAY
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Biography

Thomas Waerner, 46, was born in England and raised in Norway. He moved to a mountain in Torpa, Synnfjell, in 1991 because it was a perfect place for mushing. He started mushing with sled dogs in 1984. He was a dog handler for Iditarod musher Roger Legaard in 1990 as well as Charlie Champagne and Roxy Wright in 1991. Thomas started sprint racing in Europe and Alaska. He started long-distance racing in 2003 and ran the Iditarod in 2015, finishing in 17th place and garnering rookie of the year honors. Thomas shared that his dogs are big and strong and a lot of attitude. His team won both the Femund and Finnmark races this last season.

Thomas’s wife Guro, is a veterinarian who plays a big role in maintaining their kennel’s quality of life. Thomas and Guru have a big family that includes Herman 14, William 9, Alba 8, Alvar 6, Frida 3.

Thomas runs an electrical company with 14 employees. When he’s not working or on the trails with his dogs, he says he enjoys “old muscle cars – especially Mustangs.”

Awards

Jerry Austin Rookie of the Year

2015 Standings

Checkpoint Time In Dogs In Time Out Dogs Out Rest Time Previous Layover Status Distance
Enroute Time Speed (mph) 8hr 24hr
Anchorage 3/07 10:13:00 12
Fairbanks 3/09 10:12:00 16
Nenana 3/09 15:30:00 16 3/09 15:44:00 16 0h 14m 5h 18m 11.32 60
Manley Hot Springs 3/10 05:11:00 16 3/10 11:20:00 15 6h 9m 13h 27m 6.69 90
Tanana 3/10 18:16:00 15 3/11 02:30:00 15 8h 14m 6h 56m 9.52 ✔ 66
Ruby 3/11 21:48:00 15 3/12 03:09:00 14 5h 21m 19h 18m 6.17 ✔ 119
Galena 3/12 09:27:00 14 3/12 12:39:00 14 3h 12m 6h 18m 7.94 ✔ 50
Huslia 3/13 01:21:00 14 3/14 03:43:00 13 26h 22m 12h 42m 6.46 ✔ ✔ 82
Koyukuk 3/14 19:50:00 13 3/14 23:27:00 13 3h 37m 16h 7m 5.34 ✔ ✔ 86
Nulato 3/15 01:57:00 13 3/15 04:09:00 13 2h 12m 2h 30m 8.80 ✔ ✔ 22
Kaltag 3/15 09:16:00 13 3/15 13:22:00 13 4h 6m 5h 7m 9.19 ✔ ✔ 47
Unalakleet 3/16 10:47:00 13 3/16 17:31:00 13 6h 44m 21h 25m 3.97 ✔ ✔ 85
Shaktoolik 3/16 23:47:00 13 3/17 06:42:00 12 6h 55m 6h 16m 6.38 ✔ ✔ 40
Koyuk 3/17 13:38:00 12 3/17 17:37:00 11 3h 59m 6h 56m 7.21 ✔ ✔ 50
Elim 3/18 00:15:00 11 3/18 02:53:00 11 2h 38m 6h 38m 7.24 ✔ ✔ 48
White Mountain 3/18 10:09:00 11 3/18 18:09:00 11 8h 0m 7h 16m 6.33 ✔ ✔ 46
Safety 3/19 01:03:00 11 3/19 01:05:00 11 0h 2m 6h 54m 7.97 ✔ ✔ 55
Nome 3/19 04:10:20 11 3h 5m 7.14 ✔ ✔ 22