Scott Janssen, the “mushing mortician,” and his daring rescue in the 2018 Iditarod!

Scott Janssen has been running the Iditarod since March of 2011, but he did not run in 2017. His favorite dog is Hooper; he is 7 1/2 years old and ran single lead, which is alone up front, for 700 miles of the race. He has run in 7 races and has dropped out four previous times. His favorite part of the race is arriving in Rhone. His least favorite part of the race is the feeling of getting lost. The emotions that he has during the race are all over the place.

On March 16th, 2018 Scott Janssen was only 45 miles from the Iditarod finish line in Nome. He was in a pass called Safety when he looked to his left and saw his longtime friend mentor and friend Jim and his dog team. Jim and his team were on the point of freezing to death, but thankfully Scott saw him at just the perfect time. Scott immediately told his dogs to turn left and pulled right up to him and put his friend into his emergency shelter and cuddled up next to him to keep him warm while they waited to be rescued.

While he was saving his friend, his inner layers of clothing were all sweaty, so he too was succumbing to hypothermia.  They both had to be flown out by Coast Guard helicopter, and they both had to scratch from the race. Before being flown out, Janssen and Jim hooked their teams to a snowmachine,  which brought the two dog teams into Nome.

Janssen eventually wants to become the president of the Iditarod Trail Committee which means he can not run in the race nor can he have any teams in the race.

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