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Martin Koenig

Bib Number: 86
Hometown: Seeley Lake, MT


Martin Koenig, 64, was born and raised in Switzerland. He moved to the United States in 1973 and became a US citizen in 1978. He settled in Montana in 1980 after arriving on horseback from Colorado. He has been a self-employed machinist for 45 years. He says, “I traded horses for sled dogs in 1992 and started sprint racing.” He moved on to stage, mid-distance and distance racing. “I quit the race circuit two years ago and turned into a recreational musher. I don’t miss the race scene but I do miss traveling with the dogs and running new trails. I decided it was time for another trip to Alaska and to take the dogs to Nome. I have 28 dogs in my kennel, and 20 are in training for Iditarod. They are all rookies except one. Should be interesting. I do like a good challenge.” Martin is a member of the Montana Mountain Mushers and when asked about hobbies, he says, “no time for anything else.”

2016 Standings

Checkpoint Time In Dogs In Time Out Dogs Out Rest Time Previous Layover Status Distance
Enroute Time Speed (mph) 8hr 24hr
Anchorage 3/05 13:04:00 16 3/05 13:04:00 16 0h 0m
Willow 3/06 16:48:00 16
Yentna 3/06 20:53:00 16 3/07 03:13:00 16 6h 20m 4h 5m 10.29 42
Skwentna 3/07 06:57:00 16 3h 44m 8.04 Scratched 30