Though he’s one of the Iditarod’s most experienced mushers, 73-year-old Jim Lanier has no intention of slowing down.
Lanier is six years older than the next-oldest musher, but with a healthy dash of pepper left in his beard, he looks much younger. Before the race start on Willow Lake March 3, he said running sled dogs is his personal fountain of youth.
“It keeps me healthy and young,” said the 15-time finisher.
Editor’s note: The following is the first in a series of stories about members of the 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division injured in combat during the 3,500-member “Spartan” brigade’s 10-month deployment to Afghanistan, which lasted from Dec. 2011 to Oct. 2012.
For Army Staff Sergeant Justin Grimm, getting shot at is all in a day’s work.