Joar Leifseth Ulsom

Clocking the 5th fastest time ever run in the Iditarod race, Joar Leifseth Ulsom (28) placed fourth in the 2014 Iditarod—and he holds the record as the fastest rookie to have ever run the Iditarod, while placing seventh in 2013.

Joar is now one of only five mushers to place top-10 in their first two Iditarod starts.

The 2013 Iditarod Rookie of the Year is from Mo I Rana in Norway—15 miles south of the Arctic Circle. Joar traveled with his dogs from Norway to Alaska where they currently reside since fall of 2011. They came to be part of Team Racing Beringia.

Racing Beringia is an online education program used by millions of students in K-12 classrooms around the world. Fueled by the adventure of the sled-dogs, students learn natural and social science as they explore this region from Alaska to Chukotka, Russia, known as Beringia ( Joar went live with the program in 2012 from the Yukon Quest where he placed sixth, and then went to Russia for what is considered the toughest race in Eurasia: The Nasdezhda Hope Race. Joar became the first non-native champion of that race in 20 years, with the fastest time ever. He is since a 2-time Champion, winning the race again in 2014. Joar and his team have also claimed victory in the 2012 Chukotka Sprint Championship.

With this third Iditarod, the run for Racing Beringia continues in 2015. Joar works full-time with his very small kennel of dogs. Back in Norway he worked as a cowboy while he ran the great races of Scandinavia: Finnmarksløpet, Femundløpet and the Amundsen Race.


  • Helgelands Sparebank 
  • Non-Stop Dogwear 
  • Arctic Chiropractic West Mat-Su 
  • Lovund 
  • Connectria 
  • Chukotka Discovery 
  • AMFI 
  • Handler Import 
  • Rana Trekk & Brukshundklub
  • Momek Group 
  • OT Sleds 
  • Canelana 
  • Klattermusen 
  • NPS Shared Beringia Program 
  • Trust Forwarding 
  • Joyce & Peter Duncan 
  • Solveig Leifseth, Vegar Leifseth Ulsom & Gunnar Ulsom