October 23, 2018

Musher Details

2017 Iditarod » Mushers » Joar Leifseth Ulsom

Joar Leifseth Ulsom

Bib Number: 38
Hometown: Mo i Rana, NORWAY
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Biography

Joar Leifseth Ulsom (32) is from Mo I Rana in Norway by the Arctic Circle. In 2011 Joar traveled with his dogs from Norway to Alaska where they reside in Willow. He works full-time with his small kennel of dogs while heading up Team Racing Beringia for the non-profit GoNorth! Adventure Learning. Racing Beringia is an online education program exploring the region of Beringia spanning from the Yukon in Canada, across Alaska to Chukotka, Russia (RacingBeringia.com).

The 2018 Iditarod Champion, Joar has started Iditarod six times so far—and he has finished in top-7 in all six starts. He is the only musher to have ever done that. Joar has raced with his dogs throughout Beringia starting with the Yukon Quest in 2012. The same year, Joar became the first non-native winner of Nadezhda Hope race in Chukotka (Russia)—the “toughest race in Eurasia.” Joar is now a 2-time Nadezhda Hope champion, with a second victory in 2014 and holds the fastest race record. Joar and his team also placed 1st in 2012 Chukotka Sprint Championship.
Back in Norway Joar started out as a kid by borrowing his neighbors two house dogs to pull him around on skis. Watching Iditarod movies is what fueled his dreams growing up. In 2007 Joar started mushing and building up his own team. He received a degree from an agricultural college in Norway and worked as a cowboy while he ran the great races of Scandinavia before coming to Alaska. With this seventh Iditarod, the run for Racing Beringia continues in 2019.
Joar is a member of Rana Trekk-og Brukshundklubb. He enjoys hunting, fishing, camping and “the North.”

Sponsors

Helgelands Sparebank
Joyce and Peter Duncan
Pedro Garcia & Marc Millican
Libby Harrop
Delphi Lavender
GoNorth! Adventure Learning
Chukotka Discovery
Rana Trekk & Brukshundklub
Handler Import

Connectria
Arctic Chiropractic & Physical Therapy
Canelana
OT Sleds Products
Non-Stop Dogwear
Lovund
Nova Sea
Solveig Leifseth, Vegar Leifseth Ulsom & Gunnar Ulsom


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 12:12:00 16
Nenana 3/06 17:30:00 16 3/06 20:29:00 16 2h 59m 5h 18m 11.32 60
Manley 3/07 09:00:00 16 3/07 09:09:00 16 0h 9m 12h 31m 7.19 90
Tanana 3/07 20:56:00 16 3/08 02:09:00 14 5h 13m 11h 47m 5.60 66
Ruby 3/08 21:27:00 14 3/09 00:32:00 14 3h 5m 19h 18m 6.17 119
Galena 3/09 06:28:00 14 3/10 07:38:00 14 25h 10m 5h 56m 8.43 ✔ 50
Huslia 3/10 21:04:00 14 3/10 21:12:00 13 0h 8m 13h 26m 6.10 ✔ 82
Koyukuk 3/11 12:26:00 13 3/11 20:26:00 12 8h 0m 15h 14m 5.65 ✔ ✔ 86
Nulato 3/11 22:39:00 12 3/11 22:40:00 12 0h 1m 2h 13m 9.92 ✔ ✔ 22
Kaltag 3/12 03:40:00 12 3/12 06:50:00 12 3h 10m 4h 0m 11.75 ✔ ✔ 47
Unalakleet 3/12 20:38:00 12 3/12 20:48:00 10 0h 10m 13h 48m 6.16 ✔ ✔ 85
Shaktoolik 3/13 02:19:00 10 3/13 02:28:00 10 0h 9m 5h 31m 7.25 ✔ ✔ 40
Koyuk 3/13 11:36:00 10 3/13 14:25:00 8 2h 49m 9h 8m 5.47 ✔ ✔ 50
Elim 3/13 21:16:00 8 3/13 22:33:00 8 1h 17m 6h 51m 7.01 ✔ ✔ 48
White Mountain 3/14 05:15:00 8 3/14 13:15:00 8 8h 0m 6h 42m 6.87 ✔ ✔ 46
Safety 3/14 19:56:00 8 3/14 19:58:00 8 0h 2m 6h 41m 8.23 ✔ ✔ 55
Nome 3/14 23:00:40 8 3h 2m 7.25 ✔ ✔ 22