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Thomas Waerner

Bib Number: 40
Hometown: Torpa, NORWAY
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Biography

Thomas Waerner, 47, was born in England and raised in Norway. He moved to a mountain in Torpa, Synnfjell, in 1991 because it was a perfect place for mushing. He started mushing with sled dogs in 1984. He was a dog handler for Iditarod musher Roger Legaard in 1990 as well as Charlie Champagne and Roxy Wright in 1991. Thomas started sprint racing in Europe and Alaska. He started long-distance racing in 2003 and ran the Iditarod in 2015, finishing in 17th place and garnering rookie of the year honors. Thomas shared that his dogs are big and strong and a lot of attitude. His team won both the Femund and Finnmark races this last season.

Thomas’s wife Guro, is a veterinarian who plays a big role in maintaining their kennel’s quality of life. Thomas and Guru have a big family that includes Herman, William, Alba, Alvar, Frida.

Thomas runs an electrical company with 14 employees. When he’s not working or on the trails with his dogs, he says he enjoys “old muscle cars – especially Mustangs.”

Awards

Achieve More — Sponsored by Northrim Bank
Gold Coast — Sponsored by Ryan Air
Lolly Medley Memorial Golden Harness — Sponsored by City of Nome
Official Truck — Sponsored by Anchorage Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram

2020 Standings

Checkpoint Time In Dogs In Time Out Dogs Out Rest Time Previous Layover Status Distance
Enroute Time Speed (mph) 8hr 24hr
Willow 3/08 15:16:00 14
Yentna 3/08 20:20:00 14 3/08 21:10:00 14 0h 50m 5h 4m 8.29 42
Skwentna 3/09 00:37:00 14 3/09 03:26:00 14 2h 49m 3h 27m 8.70 30
Finger Lake 3/09 08:39:00 14 3/09 11:23:00 14 2h 44m 5h 13m 7.67 40
Rainy Pass 3/09 14:40:00 14 3/09 17:53:00 14 3h 13m 3h 17m 9.14 30
Rohn 3/09 21:58:00 14 3/09 22:07:00 14 0h 9m 4h 5m 8.57 35
Nikolai 3/10 11:46:00 14 3/10 16:00:00 14 4h 14m 13h 39m 5.49 75
McGrath 3/10 22:05:00 14 3/10 22:06:00 14 0h 1m 6h 5m 7.89 48
Takotna 3/11 00:32:00 14 3/12 01:08:00 14 24h 36m 2h 26m 7.40 ✔ 18
Ophir 3/12 03:31:00 14 3/12 03:36:00 14 0h 5m 2h 23m 9.65 ✔ 23
Cripple 3/12 15:46:00 14 3/12 20:41:00 14 4h 55m 12h 10m 6.00 ✔ 73
Ruby 3/13 07:13:00 14 3/13 15:13:00 14 8h 0m 10h 32m 6.65 ✔ ✔ 70
Galena 3/13 21:15:00 14 3/14 00:56:00 14 3h 41m 6h 2m 8.29 ✔ ✔ 50
Nulato 3/14 07:36:00 14 3/14 11:44:00 13 4h 8m 6h 40m 5.55 ✔ ✔ 37
Kaltag 3/14 17:16:00 13 3/14 22:03:00 12 4h 47m 5h 32m 8.49 ✔ ✔ 47
Unalakleet 3/15 10:08:00 12 3/15 15:05:00 12 4h 57m 12h 5m 7.03 ✔ ✔ 85
Koyuk 3/16 09:30:00 12 3/16 13:35:00 12 4h 5m 18h 25m 4.89 ✔ ✔ 90
Elim 3/16 21:07:00 12 3/16 22:59:00 12 1h 52m 7h 32m 6.37 ✔ ✔ 48
White Mountain 3/17 05:35:00 12 3/17 13:35:00 10 8h 0m 6h 36m 6.97 ✔ ✔ 46
Safety 3/17 21:13:00 10 3/17 21:17:00 10 0h 4m 7h 38m 7.21 ✔ ✔ 55
Nome 3/18 00:37:47 10 3h 20m 6.60 ✔ ✔ 22