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Joar Leifseth Ulsom

Bib Number: 33
Hometown: Mo i Rana, NORWAY
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Biography

Joar comes from Mo I Rana, an industrial town just south of the Arctic Circle in Norway. He was born with an insatiable love of dogs, sense of adventure and desire to get into the mountains. As he was without a dog himself, he would take his neighbor’s dogs for skijoring, hikes and camping trips, always enjoying the company of a canine friend. Once Joar finished with primary school he enrolled in an agricultural program at Val Lansbrukskole where he studied animal husbandry and farming science. During this time he worked a variety of locum jobs farming dairy cows, pigs and sheep.

Initially, Joar participated in small sled dog races with borrowed dogs and it was in 2008 that he found himself in a position to start his own kennel in Norway. In 2011, an opportunity to launch his racing career arose and he took it, making the bold move with his dog team to Alaska. Once settled in Willow, Joar set out to hone his racing technique and dog care while continuing to develop and grow his race team. He was thrilled to be able to participate in the races he had read about as a boy including the Iditarod, Yukon Quest, Nadezhda Hope Race and Kuskokwim 300. In 2018, Joar became a proud member of the Qrill Pet Mushing Team and it was a dream come true when he crossed the finish line in first place during that year’s Iditarod. In 2019, Joar and his fiancee Margot, who is a veterinarian, founded Sivo Racing Kennel based in Willow, Alaska.

Always keeping his roots with him, Joar remains a life-time member of Rana Trekk-og Brukshundklubb based in Mo I Rana and travels home to Norway as often as he can. In his free time he is still always trying to get into the mountains either on foot, skis, a bike or dog sled. In line with his love of adventure and the outdoors, in summer 2020 Joar started the process of obtaining his private pilot’s license with the ultimate goal of acquiring a commercial pilot’s license.

Sponsors

Hector & Lucas
Joyce/Peter Duncan
Pedro Garcia/Marc Millican
Gene Smith/Darrel Diebel
GoNorth! Adventure Learning
Rana Trekk & Brukshundklub
Connectria
Delphi Lavender

Trumf Trading
Arctic Chiropractic & Physical Therapy
Dr. Tim’s Pet Food Company
Handler & OT Sled Products
Canelana
Lovund
Nova Sea
Solveig Leifseth/Vegar Leifseth Ulsom/Gunnar Ulsom

Awards

Achieve More — Sponsored by Northrim Bank
Dorothy G Page Halfway — Sponsored by GCI
Winners Truck

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 15:02:00 16
Yentna 3/04 19:01:00 16 3/04 19:05:00 16 0h 4m 3h 59m 10.54 42
Skwentna 3/05 01:13:00 16 3/05 01:18:00 16 0h 5m 6h 8m 4.89 30
Finger Lake 3/05 06:07:00 16 3/05 09:03:00 16 2h 56m 4h 49m 8.30 40
Rainy Pass 3/05 12:34:00 16 3/05 15:35:00 16 3h 1m 3h 31m 8.53 30
Rohn 3/05 19:35:00 16 3/05 19:42:00 16 0h 7m 4h 0m 8.75 35
Nikolai 3/06 08:56:00 16 3/06 13:06:00 16 4h 10m 13h 14m 5.67 75
McGrath 3/06 19:59:00 16 3/06 23:06:00 16 3h 7m 6h 53m 6.97 48
Takotna 3/07 01:42:00 16 3/07 01:47:00 16 0h 5m 2h 36m 6.92 18
Ophir 3/07 04:42:00 16 3/07 04:52:00 16 0h 10m 2h 55m 7.89 23
Iditarod 3/07 20:28:00 16 3/08 21:38:00 15 25h 10m 15h 36m 5.13 ✔ 80
Shageluk 3/09 04:42:00 15 3/09 07:42:00 15 3h 0m 7h 4m 7.78 ✔ 55
Anvik 3/09 10:59:00 15 3/09 11:06:00 15 0h 7m 3h 17m 7.61 ✔ 25
Grayling 3/09 13:58:00 15 3/09 21:58:00 13 8h 0m 2h 52m 6.28 ✔ ✔ 18
Kaltag 3/10 21:56:00 13 3/11 03:13:00 13 4h 17m 23h 58m 5.09 ✔ ✔ 122
Unalakleet 3/11 18:38:00 13 3/11 20:20:00 13 1h 42m 15h 25m 5.51 ✔ ✔ 85
Shaktoolik 3/12 01:55:00 13 3/12 04:48:00 13 2h 53m 5h 35m 7.16 ✔ ✔ 40
Koyuk 3/12 13:01:00 13 3/12 17:52:00 12 4h 51m 8h 13m 6.09 ✔ ✔ 50
Elim 3/13 00:57:00 12 3/13 01:04:00 12 0h 7m 7h 5m 6.78 ✔ ✔ 48
White Mountain 3/13 07:52:00 12 3/13 15:52:00 10 8h 0m 6h 48m 6.76 ✔ ✔ 46
Safety 3/13 23:48:00 10 3/13 23:53:00 8 0h 5m 7h 56m 6.93 ✔ ✔ 55
Nome 3/14 03:00:00 8 3h 7m 7.06 ✔ ✔ 22