Thomas Wærner

2020: 9d 10h 37m 47s

A musher races a dog team across a flat white expanse.
Thomas Wærner and team on the Iditarod Trail. Photo by Ole-Johnny Myhrvold
Musher in knit hat looks up and smiles
Thomas Wærner arrives in first place at the Unalakleet checkpoint during the 2020 race. Photo courtesy Bob Hallinen.

Thomas Wærner knows a little something about cold weather. Originally from Oslo, Norway, Wærner excels in long-distance mushing, winning two of Europe’s toughest arctic challenges in the same year. The Norwegian entered his first Iditarod in 2015 and logged a 17th-place finish, being named Rookie of the Year. Five years later, he won. According to his QRILL Pet Mushing Team bio, he prefers his dogs, “big, full of power, and just as crazy as himself.” As a breeder with 50-plus dogs at his Berserk Kennel in Norway, Wærner’s furry athletes are bred from old Norwegian lines into Alaska’s best from legendary mushers including George Attla and Charlie Champaine. “They’re big with a lot of fur and very good attitude and drive,” Wærner said of his team members. Learn more at berserkkennel.com.

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