June 22, 2024

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2008 Jr. Iditarod » Mushers » Yuta Takagi

Yuta Takagi

Bib Number: 10
Hometown: Anchorage, Alaska


Yuta, 16, has been running dogs since he was ten when he went on a play date at Larisa Myers-McCoin’s house and she let him stand on a sled. “There are four sleddogs in my free run dog yard. The two girls don’t get along. So they time share the yard, with one in the kennel while the other is out. These dogs ran the Jr. Iditarod with me in 2008 and we had such a great time that we are doing it again. The rest of my team comes from Larisa Myers McCoin’s kennel. I will be running puppies and grand puppies of the dogs I first mushed. I am a sophomore at South Anchorage High School and ski on the cross country ski team. I sometimes skijor with my dogs, too. When I am not doing something outside in the cold, my passion is music. I play the piano and compose my own music. You may have heard me playing my keyboard at the downtown Anchorage outdoor market in the summer. This will be my last Jr. Iditarod because next year I will be a foreign exchange student in South America.” After graduation Yuta plans to go to college and hopes to continue recreational mushing.


Cruz Construction
CAC Plastics
Play'n'Say Speech Therapy
Teresa Daily Web Design
United Rental, Fairbanks
J & M Homes/Monica Gilpin
Mapes Family
Idita-Support Bootie Brigade,

Arrowhead Fabrics
Army Navy Store
Taro Takagi
Larisa Myers
Lynn McCoin
Shawn Knudeson
Saleem Jangda

2008 Standings

Checkpoint Time In Dogs In Time Out Dogs Out Rest Time Previous Layover Status Distance
Enroute Time Speed (mph) 10hr
Willow Start 02/23/2008 10:18:00 10 02/23/2008 10:18:00 10 0h 0m 0
Susitna River (Out) 02/23/2008 13:31:00 10 02/23/2008 13:31:00 10 0h 0m 3h 13m 9.33 30
Eagle Song Lodge (Out) 02/23/2008 15:15:00 10 02/23/2008 15:38:00 9 0h 23m 1h 44m 8.08 14
Yentna Station (Out) 02/23/2008 18:43:00 9 02/24/2008 05:44:00 9 11h 1m 3h 5m 8.43 26
Eagle Song Lodge (In) 02/24/2008 09:52:00 9 02/24/2008 09:52:00 6 0h 0m 4h 8m 6.29 26
Susitna River (In) 02/24/2008 12:22:00 6 02/24/2008 12:22:00 6 0h 0m 2h 30m 5.60 14
Willow Finish 02/24/2008 16:24:00 6 4h 2m 7.44 30