Thursday, March 7, 2013

Sunny Sonny

Sonny Linder is no rookie to the Iditarod. But when he was a rookie back in 1978, he won the Rookie of The Year Award. In fact Sonny’s son Chad also won ROTY in 2009. There are many mushing families in the Iditarod, but Chad and Sonny are the only father/son team that have both been ROTY.

Sonny’s highest placed finish in the Iditarod was 2nd during the 1981 race. He is consistently a top 20 finisher and was on top of the winner podium in the inaugural Yukon Quest ract. But he hasn’t been in the single digit Iditarod finisher since 1985 with a 9th place finish.

This grandpa should not be overlooked. Even though Sonny checked into Iditarod a couple hours behind Lance, with a bib number of 67, he will be able to hit the trail a little more than a ½ hour ahead of Lance.  The unanswered question is what team will be on the trail ahead of them?  

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