Duluth City Attorney to Compete in His Second Iditarod

The Minnesota native finished the race back in 1991 after graduating college

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth City Attorney Gunnar Johnson is trading in his desk job for an Alaskan adventure next month. Johnson is headed to Alaska to compete in this year’s Iditarod sled dog race.

Johnson will take over for longtime friend Jim Lanier, who dropped out of the race because of an injury.

An active sled dog musher, Johnson competed in the Iditarod in 1991after graduating from UMD.

Last week, he got acquainted with his new team during a 300 mile race in Alaska.

Johnson knows some may call him crazy, but he says it’s an opportunity he couldn’t pass up.

“We all dream of escaping from our everyday life and going and doing something exciting,” said Johnson. “This is a great opportunity for me to do that.”

Johnson heads to Anchorage next week for last minute training. The nearly 1,000 mile Iditarod starts March 6.

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