November 22, 2017

Musher Details

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Joar Leifseth Ulsom

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

Joar Leifseth Ulsom (31) holds the record as the fastest rookie to have ever run the Iditarod, and is one of only two mushers to place top-7 five times in as many Iditarod starts.

The 2013 Iditarod Rookie of the Year is from Mo I Rana in Norway by the Arctic Circle. Joar traveled with his dogs from Norway to Alaska where they currently reside since fall of 2011. He works full-time with his small kennel of dogs and Russian team mates for the GoNorth! Adventure Learning non-profit as part of Team Racing Beringia.

Racing Beringia is an online education program for students in K-12 classrooms around the world to explore the region of Beringia spanning from the Yukon in Canada, across Alaska to Chukotka, Russia (RacingBeringia.com).

Joar and his team have raced throughout Beringia starting with the Yukon Quest in 2012. Setting a new time record for the Nadezhda Hope race in Chukotka (Russia), Joar became the first non-native winner of the “toughest race in Eurasia” in 20 years. He is now a 2-time Nadezhda Hope champion, with a second victory in 2014. 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 sixth Iditarod, the run for Racing Beringia continues in 2018.

Joar is a member of Rana Trekk-og Brukshundklubb and Go North! Adventure Learning. 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