October 31, 2020

Musher Details

2019 Jr. Iditarod » Mushers » Johanna Badalich

Johanna Badalich

Bib Number: 2
Hometown: Anchorage, Alaska


I am 14 and this is my rookie year to the sport of distance mushing. I first became interested in mushing at the age of four when my parents got me a kick sled, and we would harness up our house pets and “mush” along Powerline Pass in Anchorage. I started sprint racing when I was eight. The Rockcastle/Noble family let us borrow their trained sled dogs, streamlined sleds, and I raced them with my retired sled dog, Polar from the August Fund. At the end of my first season, we adopted Peava, a black, blue eyed beauty from Huslia. My mushing career changed significantly when Mom became Facebook friends with Jeff King, and after acquiring some of his dogs, we had a competitive sprint kennel albeit with dogs that liked to live in the house. We named it Second Kennel because it started with retired dogs and because Mom was impressed when I told her, “winning isn’t everything”. I believe that my dogs’ well-being is the highest priority. With the help of my dogs, I went on to win the 2016 and 2017 Jr. ASDRA World Championships. In 2018, I was one of the mushers chosen to attend Arctic Winter Games in Hay River NWT Canada and achieved three gold ulus for Team Alaska. I spent a few weeks last summer working at Husky Homestead and became interested in distance mushing. Meredith Mapes has kindly opened her Fun On the Run Kennel to me and has spent countless hours teaching me about distance mushing and dog care. I am grateful to Meredith, her dogs, and my parents for this opportunity.


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2019 Standings

Checkpoint Time In Dogs In Time Out Dogs Out Rest Time Previous Layover Status Distance
Enroute Time Speed (mph) 10hr
Knik Lake 02/23/2019 10:00:00 10 0
Su River 02/23/2019 14:22:00 10 02/23/2019 14:22:00 10 0h 0m 4h 22m 9.16 40
Eagle Song 02/23/2019 17:34:00 10 02/23/2019 17:34:00 10 0h 0m 3h 12m 4.69 15
Yentna Station 02/23/2019 21:22:00 10 02/24/2019 07:56:00 9 10h 34m 3h 48m 5.26 ✔ 20
Eagle Song 02/24/2019 10:54:00 9 02/24/2019 10:54:00 9 0h 0m 2h 58m 6.74 ✔ 20
Old Hunter Trail 02/24/2019 16:57:00 9 02/24/2019 16:57:00 9 0h 0m 6h 3m 6.12 ✔ 37
Willow Community Center 02/24/2019 20:21:26 8 3h 24m 5.29 ✔ 18