October 18, 2018

Musher Details

2018 Iditarod » Mushers » Brett Bruggeman

Brett Bruggeman

Bib Number: 37
Hometown: Great Falls, MT
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Biography

Brett Bruggeman, 48, was born in Cleveland and raised in Idaho. He graduated from BYU in 1992, Idaho State in 1993 and the University of Nebraska Med Center in 1999. He has been a dentist for the last 20 years. Brett explains, “My youngest son, Spencer, 16, has a birth defect which caused one leg to not develop muscle. He competed in traditional sports until he was 11 and then started looking for other sports in which he could be competitive in that didn’t require both legs. He was reading Jack London books and told my wife that he wanted a dog team for his sport. My wife, Suzette, was certain I had suggested that to him because I had been interested in mushing for a couple of months, but I had enough hobbies already to take on another one. Neither of us knew the other was interested in mushing. After Suzette was convinced this was the case, we decided this was meant to be. We started our kennel, Skinny Leg Sled Dogs, in honor of Spencer’s leg. His brothers always told him his skinny leg had no limits. We have been fortunate to have several great mushing mentors. Terry and Chris Adkins introduced us to the sport. Doug Swingley helped us in the beginning and was the source of our foundation bloodlines. Jessie Royer has been a close friend and taught us so much about mushing and dogs. “I am returning to the Iditarod to spend time with friends,…both human and canine.

Sponsors

Bruggeman Endodontics, MT
Rick Helms, DVM/Great Falls Veterinary Service
Motorfist
L&M Lockers


2018 Standings

Checkpoint Time In Dogs In Time Out Dogs Out Rest Time Previous Layover Status Distance
Enroute Time Speed (mph) 8hr 24hr
Willow 3/04 15:10:00 16
Yentna 3/04 19:19:00 16 3/04 19:29:00 16 0h 10m 4h 9m 10.12 42
Skwentna 3/05 03:16:00 16 3/05 03:31:00 16 0h 15m 7h 47m 3.85 30
Finger Lake 3/05 08:52:00 16 3/05 14:55:00 16 6h 3m 5h 21m 7.48 40
Rainy Pass 3/05 18:46:00 16 3/05 23:40:00 16 4h 54m 3h 51m 7.79 30
Rohn 3/06 03:45:00 16 3/06 04:24:00 15 0h 39m 4h 5m 8.57 35
Nikolai 3/06 21:00:00 15 3/07 04:36:00 15 7h 36m 16h 36m 4.52 75
McGrath 3/07 11:06:00 15 3/07 11:08:00 15 0h 2m 6h 30m 7.38 48
Takotna 3/07 13:36:00 15 3/08 17:45:00 15 28h 9m 2h 28m 7.30 ✔ 18
Ophir 3/08 20:30:00 15 3/09 00:17:00 15 3h 47m 2h 45m 8.36 ✔ 23
Iditarod 3/09 18:46:00 15 3/10 03:09:00 15 8h 23m 18h 29m 4.33 ✔ 80
Shageluk 3/10 13:43:00 15 3/10 19:45:00 15 6h 2m 10h 34m 5.21 ✔ 55
Anvik 3/10 22:55:00 15 3/10 22:59:00 15 0h 4m 3h 10m 7.89 ✔ 25
Grayling 3/11 01:30:00 15 3/11 10:58:00 15 8h 28m 2h 31m 7.15 ✔ ✔ 18
Kaltag 3/12 11:40:00 15 3/12 19:59:00 15 8h 19m 24h 42m 4.94 ✔ ✔ 122
Unalakleet 3/13 12:02:00 15 3/13 17:34:00 14 5h 32m 16h 3m 5.30 ✔ ✔ 85
Shaktoolik 3/13 23:47:00 14 3/14 08:02:00 14 8h 15m 6h 13m 6.43 ✔ ✔ 40
Koyuk 3/14 15:10:00 14 3/14 23:23:00 14 8h 13m 7h 8m 7.01 ✔ ✔ 50
Elim 3/15 05:21:00 14 3/15 12:06:00 14 6h 45m 5h 58m 8.04 ✔ ✔ 48
White Mountain 3/15 17:46:00 14 3/16 01:52:00 14 8h 6m 5h 40m 8.12 ✔ ✔ 46
Safety 3/16 08:21:00 14 3/16 08:28:00 14 0h 7m 6h 29m 8.48 ✔ ✔ 55
Nome 3/16 11:21:08 14 2h 53m 7.63 ✔ ✔ 22