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Tim Osmar was born and raised on the Kenai Peninsula in Alaska, and has spent the last 25 years living in the Caribou Hills. For the last 35 years, he's been a commercial fisherman and dog musher. He began mushing in 1979 when he was 12 years old. He ran the Jr. Iditarod four times and won it three times. Tim has also competed in over 100 other races including winning the 2001 Yukon Quest, completing The Iditarod 23 times, and leading Rachel Scdoris, a legally blind musher, twice in The Iditarod. Tim has never scratched from a race and is highly regarded as one of the toughest mushers on the trail over the decades.
Read more about Tim in September 2008 Mushing Magazine.
Monica Zappa is an up and coming musher from Wisconsin. She grew up in Cumberland, Wisconsin where her parents mushed dogs and competed in mid-distance races. She attended college at St. Cloud State University receiving a B.S. in Meteorology, Northern Illinois University where she earned her M.S. in Geography, and then spent a year as a Ph.D. student at the University of Oklahoma. After years of school and traveling, she decided to do something crazy. In June 2010 she grabbed her back pack and bike and flew to Alaska to try her hand at mushing sled dogs for the first time since she was a young girl. Over the past 5 seasons of mushing Monica has competed in several mid-distance races and finished Iditarod for the first time in 2014, she also ran in 2015 & 2016, finishing in 47th place all 3 years in a row.
Listen to an interview with Monica about preparing for her first Iditarod.
Photo By: Margaret Bauman/Fishermen’s News