Tucker native wins Iditarod foot race

NOME, Alaska – A Davis resident crossed the finish line Wednesday in Nome, Alaska at 1:10 p.m. Wednesday, taking first place in a 1,000-mile foot race that follows the famous Iditarod Trail from Anchorage to Nome.

John Logar, 38, a native West Virginian and an emergency room physician with Davis Health System, completed the race in 23 days, 23 hours and 10 minutes.

The event began Feb. 23 at 2 p.m. and follows the Iditarod Dog Race Trail from Knik Lake to Skwentna, Fingerlake, Puntilla, Rohn, Nikolai and on to McGrath and Nome, Ala. While Logar ran the 1,000-mile foot race, others entered on bike or skis. Only 50 racers are invited to participate. To qualify to make the 1,000-mile race, participants must have already competed in the 350-mile race.

“Our neighbor and friend John will win, not despite living in West Virginia, but because he has been able to train here in the Potomac Highlands,” Anne Jones, the Tucker County Development Authority director, said Wednesday. “This is an amazing feat and testament to the fact that some of the most amazing people are from – and choose to live in -West Virginia.”

Jones, who also is a runner, said Logar was one of the few entrants from the lower 48 states, with many participants coming from foreign countries.

“I have completed a 40-mile race before,” Jones said. “John does more than this each day.”

Jones said she is proud of Logar.

“He has chosen to live here and run in the beautiful mountains,” Jones said. “It is a great testament to what this part of West Virginia has to offer its residents and visitors.”

The Iditarod Trail Invitational’s Facebook page entry naming Logar as the winner of the 1,000-mile foot race had 280 likes and 80 comments on Thursday offering congratulations to the West Virginia runner.

Other comments on the Facebook site of interest include:

“March 13 – John Logar called us from Shaktoolik. He arrived there last night. He is doing well and was planning to cover 14 miles today to the next shelter cabin and then do the 50 miles across the sea ice across Norton Bay into Koyuk. There is still a winter storm warning for that area into effect until Friday morning with several inches of new snow and winds 10-20 mph. Temperatures are in the teens.

“March 14 – John Logar arrived in Koyuk at 16:00 this afternoon. He had bivied just outside of the village because he was feeling sick. He thinks it was from bad food he ate somewhere along the trail. Despite his troubles he made it to Koyuk in really good time.

“March 15 – John Logar left Koyuk at 3 a.m. He is cruising. Behind him, Scottish biker Donald Kane arrived in Koyuk at 4 a.m.

“March 17 – I just got off the phone with John Logar. He was eating breakfast and planning to leave at 10 a.m. after he gets his drop box from the post office. He said he had a rough time getting to Golovin with a lot of snow and drifting. He said Golovin Bay alternated between glare ice and big soft drifts.

“March 18 – John Logar arrived in White Mountain on St. Patrick’s Day at 17:20 and left at 19:50, after taking a dinner and rest break. He plans on pushing on and camping out on the trail.”

Tucker County Commission President Mike Rosenau said he admires Logar.

“We are proud that someone from Tucker County participated in a race of that magnitude,” Rosenau said. “It tells you how tough Tucker Countians are.”