Carl Huntington

Carl Huntington (December 4, 1947 – October 13, 2000)[1] was an Athabaskan-American[2] dog musher who is best known for winning the 1974 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race as a rookie, with a time of 20 days, 15 hours, 1 minute, 7 seconds.[3]

Carl Huntington
Born(1947-12-04)December 4, 1947
DiedOctober 13, 2000(2000-10-13) (aged 52)
OccupationDog musher
Known forWinning the 1974 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race

In addition to winning the Iditarod, he also won the 1974 Open World Championship Race, or the Fur Rendezvous Race- a unique feat due to the fact that this race was a speed competition, while the Iditarod is a distance competition. In reference to this, musher Libby Riddles said "There's nobody that has quite the record he has."[4]

Huntington died of an apparent suicide on October 13, 2000. He had recently been estranged from his family, and was charged with sexual abuse of a minor.[4]


  1. ^ "Carl Huntington". Fold3. Retrieved August 6, 2020.
  2. ^ Runyan, Joe. "A Tribute to lead dog Nugget—an Iditarod Legend". Iditarod. Retrieved 28 February 2020.
  3. ^ "Race Archives". Iditarod. Retrieved 26 February 2020.
  4. ^ a b "Mushing legend dies from apparent suicide". The Seattle Times. October 16, 2000. Retrieved 26 February 2020.