December 15, 2017

Musher Details

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Geir Idar Hjelvik

Bib Number: 54
Hometown: Norjordet, NORWAY


Biography

Geir Idar Hjelvik, 55, was born in Molde, Norway and raised in the village of Hjelvik. He lived in Trondheim for 18 years working as an excavator operator. Fourteen years ago, he moved to the Norjordet to work, to mush and for dancing competitions. Geir has been a traditional log cabin craftsman for 20 years. He began mushing in 1987 because of a friend, Frode Holten. Under Frode’s mentorship, he began skijoring with a German Shepard and later Frode mentored him and introduced him to sleds and Alaskan Huskies. His first litter of Alaska husky pups was born in 1989, bloodlines from Susan Butcher and Jerry Austin. That sparked his original interest in the Iditarod and he began thinking seriously about the Iditarod after a couple of competitive finishes in the Femundløpet and the Finmarksløpet in the 90’s. He has finished the Femundløpet nine times and the Finmarksløpet three times. He maintains a kennel of 30 dogs in Norway, but is running a team from Dallas Seavey’s kennel in the Iditarod this year. When not mushing dogs, Geir is a competitive Norwegian folk dancer. He is the father of Mår, age 14. He is a member of the Femund Trekhund Klubb and Roros Folkdanislag. He lists his hobbies as Rorospols (Norwegian folk dancing), knife making and wood working.


2017 Standings

Checkpoint Time In Dogs In Time Out Dogs Out Rest Time Previous Layover Status Distance
Enroute Time Speed (mph) 8hr 24hr
Fairbanks 3/06 12:44:00 16
Nenana 3/06 22:30:00 16 3/06 22:58:00 16 0h 28m 9h 46m 6.14 60
Manley 3/07 13:39:00 16 3/07 18:55:00 15 5h 16m 14h 41m 6.13 90
Tanana 3/08 08:24:00 15 3/08 14:28:00 15 6h 4m 13h 29m 4.89 66
Ruby 3/09 17:37:00 15 3/10 18:15:00 15 24h 38m 27h 9m 4.38 ✔ 119
Galena 3/10 23:58:00 15 3/11 07:58:00 15 8h 0m 5h 43m 8.75 ✔ ✔ 50
Huslia 3/11 23:35:00 15 3/12 07:02:00 14 6h 27m 15h 37m 5.25 ✔ ✔ 82
Koyukuk 3/13 00:01:00 14 3/13 09:12:00 14 9h 11m 16h 59m 5.06 ✔ ✔ 86
Nulato 3/13 11:15:00 14 3/13 11:21:00 14 0h 6m 2h 3m 10.73 ✔ ✔ 22
Kaltag 3/13 15:23:00 14 3/13 22:00:00 14 6h 37m 4h 2m 11.65 ✔ ✔ 47
Unalakleet 3/14 13:31:00 14 3/14 19:49:00 14 6h 18m 15h 31m 5.48 ✔ ✔ 85
Shaktoolik 3/15 00:56:00 14 3/15 09:47:00 14 8h 51m 5h 7m 7.82 ✔ ✔ 40
Koyuk 3/15 15:11:00 14 3/15 21:12:00 14 6h 1m 5h 24m 9.26 ✔ ✔ 50
Elim 3/16 02:40:00 14 3/16 08:24:00 13 5h 44m 5h 28m 8.78 ✔ ✔ 48
White Mountain 3/16 14:23:00 13 3/16 22:23:00 13 8h 0m 5h 59m 7.69 ✔ ✔ 46
Safety 3/17 04:54:00 13 3/17 04:58:00 13 0h 4m 6h 31m 8.44 ✔ ✔ 55
Nome 3/17 08:05:19 13 3h 7m 7.06 ✔ ✔ 22