June 22, 2024

Musher Details

2004 Jr. Iditarod » Mushers » Alana Schlang

Alana Schlang

Bib Number: 2
Hometown: Battle Ground, WA


Alana Schlang, 17, tells that when she was seven, she was really into wolves and huskies. When her dad came back from a business trip to Alaska with souvenirs from the Iditarod headquarters, she said she started looking into mushing magazines and books and thought “it would be so cool to be in the cold and snow all alone with the dogs.” She had to do a “Million Dollar Project” in fifth grade, pretending that she had just inherited a million dollars and writing down everything she would do with it. Her entire project was on buying property and a house in Alaska, a dog sled team and everything else she would need to be a dog musher. In 2000, she met a musher who invited her to his bed and breakfast business in Montana. She and her family took him up on his invitation at a time when they could see the Race to the Sky. After she got home she started buying dogs. Her first four were from Susan Butcher. She now has 14 dogs, five of which are from a litter from two of her original Butcher dogs. She also has dogs from Martin Buser lines and Tim Osmar lines as well as some dogs from her mentor, Jamie Nelson. She has run some shorter races in Montana, Oregon and Idaho but this will be her first Jr. Iditarod.

Born in Orange County, CA, Alana is an eleventh grader at Battle Ground High School. She participates in the symphonic and marching bands and National Honor Society. She also advances her studies through PSU Independent Studies program. She does classroom presentations to other students on dog sledding, herself, and about having goals and dreams. She says she likes to draw, create websites and graphics, hang out with her friends, listen to music, go to concerts, watch movies, play the guitar and saxophone and go shopping. After high school she plans to go to college, maybe somewhere in Alaska, after which she will permanently moved to Alaska, “build up a nice dog kennel and run the Iditarod.”


Virtualrep Incorporated
Eagle Pack Dog Food
Dentus Dental
Achen Development, LLC
Wells Fargo
Dr. Mary Ann Haggerty/Alder Creek Veterinary Clinic
Performance International
Nu-Life Sports Medicine
Dorothea Franzke
Merial/Animal Health Products
Montana Mush/Rick & Pat Freeland
Jack Bremer
Mark A. Johnson, Dentist
Jan & Rick Lewis
Pioneer Estates, LLC
Mushing Boot Camp
Jamie Nelson
Ann Stead
Carey’s Dog Grooming
G&C Enterprises/Conklin
Dirty Dog Gone
BG Computers

Finish Line Graphics
Battle Ground Chamber of Commerce
Detroit Pizza
Figaro’s Pizza
Game Trader
Hair Country
Melodies Salon
Music World
Papa Murphy’s Take and Bake Pizza
Perfect Look/Family HairCare
Quizno’s Subs
Salmon Creek Designs/Logo Promotion
Schucks Auto Parts
Sunset Beach Tanning Salon
Unique Hair Design
Monika Svaricek
My Family
Granite Gear
Wiggy's Inc.



2004 Standings

Checkpoint Time In Dogs In Time Out Dogs Out Rest Time Previous Layover Status Distance
Enroute Time Speed (mph) 10hr
Su Landing - Start 02/28/2004 10:00:00 10 02/28/2004 10:02:00 10 0h 2m 0
Deshka River Lodge - Out 02/28/2004 11:51:00 10 02/28/2004 11:51:00 10 0h 0m 1h 49m 12.11 22
Big Susitna River - Out 02/28/2004 14:00:00 10 02/28/2004 14:00:00 10 0h 0m 2h 9m 9.30 20
Eagle Song Trail Lake - Out 02/28/2004 16:17:00 10 02/28/2004 16:17:00 10 0h 0m 2h 17m 6.13 14
Yentna Station Roadhouse 02/28/2004 18:16:00 10 02/29/2004 04:54:00 9 10h 38m 1h 59m 7.56 15
Eagle Song Trail Lake - In 02/29/2004 06:34:00 9 02/29/2004 06:34:00 9 0h 0m 1h 40m 9.00 15
Big Susitna River - In 02/29/2004 08:16:00 9 02/29/2004 08:42:00 9 0h 26m 1h 42m 8.24 14
Deshka River Lodge - In 02/29/2004 10:24:00 9 02/29/2004 10:27:00 9 0h 3m 1h 42m 11.76 20
Su Landing - Finish 02/29/2004 11:49:15 9 1h 22m 16.10 22