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Bruce talks about his 2012 Iditarod

03/17/2012 - Nome, Alaska - I am finally getting on a computer... It was an extremely difficult race this year with several sub 40 below night runs (which caused my insulin to freeze and destroyed its effectiveness) and several white out blizzards. Thank God for Melissa who had the foresight to have my back up insulin sent to Shak. The problems with my blood sugars (was over 600 and then the next day hit 38) and blizzard conditions occurring at the same time caused me to take a 33 hour break at Shak so that I could continue and put me out of competitive racing. You can not go over 52 miles of sea ice in blizzard conditions with temps below zero with blood sugars that are not in control. When we did leave, my team was just incredible and cut through the high winds with such extreme power that we ended up having the fastest run time to Koyuk then any musher in the race (6 hrs and 45 mins)! :) My team continued there amazing power all the way to Nome. It was such a joy to drive this incredibility powerful and happy team, but it was a little sad that I was the weak link and couldn't race them to their full potential. Thanks for all the support .

Follow Bruce on the 2012 Iditarod


Bruce Linton lives his life by example. An insulin-dependent Type 1 diabetic for many years, Bruce has successfully completed 12 marathons, three Ironman Triathlons, five 1,000 mile Iditarod dog sled races and hundreds of other athletic events all while effectively managing his diabetes. He is the only person in the world (diabetic or non diabetic) to complete an Iditarod and an Ironman Triathlon. He is a firm believer that diabetics should not be restricted by their medical condition and that they should maintain an active lifestyle, live life with a positive mental attitude, and dream big. “A diabetic should not be limited by his disease. He is only limited by his dreams and as a diabetic ones dreams should be unlimited!” The journey continues…

"Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure....than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much, because they live in a gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat."
                                                                                             Teddy Roosevelt

"If your dog thinks you're the greatest person in the world, don't seek a second opinion."
Jim Fiebig 
“For every 8 smokers who die from smoking, 1 innocent bystander dies from Secondhand Smoke”

Bruce Linton talks about his life with dogs and living life positively as a Type 1 insulin dependent diabetic…

RECENT NEWS: Gus finishes 1,000 mile Yukon Quest in 13th place!

Gus completed his 1,000 mile Yukon Quest run with No Limits sled dogs during the morning of February 16th.

He finished really strong with 10 dogs in lucky 13th place! Except for an early concern with some dogs coughing where he had to unfortunately drop three dogs, his race was fantastic!

Way to manage a tough situation and turn it into a positive and finish strong!! Congratulations Gus!

Bruce Welcome Stanley Ford of Kenai Alaska as a primary sponsor!

Stanley Ford has graciously paid for our entry fee into Iditarod 2012.  We couldn’t have gotten to the starting line without their support so please support them!  Please see their website at http://stanleyfordak.dealerconnection.com/

Bruce finishes 7th in competitive 150 mile Sheep Mountain Dog Sled Race!

Bruce finished 7th out of 47 mushers in his first race of the season. He was actually leading the race after the first leg and finished strong. Every dog in Bruce’s kennel was in the race since his dog handlers Emily Thiem and Bill Piccolo also completed the race. Everyone, dog and human, finished happy and healthy!

Bruce near the end of the 2011 Sheep Mountain Dog Sled Race


Bruce did it again! He finished his fifth Iditarod in a row with another personal best. 
He finished 23nd out of 62 mushers in a time of 10 days, 6 hours, 34 minutes and 39 seconds! 
Congratulations Bruce!

Bruce and his team at sunrise shortly after leaving Koyuk in the Iditarod

Bruce Linton finishes his fourth consecutive Iditarod in record time!

Bruce and his team on the sea ice one mile from the finish line in Nome!

Bruce Linton finishes his fourth Iditarod in a row and betters his person best by over a day and a half! He came in 25th place with a time of 10 days 6 hours and 18 minutes! Bruce’s team was extremely strong throughout the race as he posted some incredibly fast run times. Congratulations Bruce!

Bruce hits the 2010 Iditarod Trail

Wearing bib number bib number 65, Bruce Linton again heads to Nome proving to milions that diabetes should not hold you back from your dreams and adventures. To follow Bruce visit the Iditarods official Iditarod web site - click here.

Bruce with family getting interviewed by the TV station at the ceremonial start in Anchorage.

Mojofiti Joins Bruce!

No limits Kennel welcomes mojofiti.com aboard as an official sponsor. Mojofiti is providing coverage of the 2010 Iditarod
By popular demand from their international followers, Mojofiti is using its language translation platform to provide coverage of the 2010 Iditarod. They will be following Bruce Linton, Sebastian Schnuelle and other racers. Sebastian was born in Germany and lives in the Canadian Yukon. Last year he won the Yukon Quest and finished 2nd in the Iditarod! Bruce lives in Alaska with his family. This will be his third Iditarod! visit their site - click here

Cindy completes her rookie run in the 1,000 mile Yukon Quest race!

Cindy did a remarkable job taking care of her dogs on her rookie run in the Yukon Quest sled dog race.  She finished at 11:21 pm on Wednesday February 17th in 16th place.  She finished with more dogs then anyone in the race only dropping one dog (she dropped Cheddar about 750 miles into the race because of a minor sore wrist).  She finished with 13 happy dogs.  What an accomplishment!  We are very proud of her!

Cindy continues to excel in the Quest with an expected finish Wednesday February 17!

The Yukon Quest is ¾ over for Cindy! At the Checkpoint of Pelly Crossing, nearly 750 miles from the starting line in Fairbanks, Cindy still has all 14 dogs on the line! She is doing incredible! Here is a quote that was posted on the Yukon Quest’s website from the checker there:

Reporting from Pelly:
Cindy Barrand just left Pelly. Cindy looked a bit tired, but her dogs certainly didn't! Warlock and Philly, her two lead dogs, acted as the alarm clock for the team and the whole checkpoint. As Cindy moved down the team to get them bootied and hooked up, each dog joined in the concert, screaming and raring to go. It felt like we were back in Fairbanks at the Start Line with the ruckus they were making! 14 excited dogs and one tired musher are on their way to McCabe Creek!

Bruce and Melissa Linton welcome their second child!

Welcome to the world Shea Margaret Linton.

Shea was born at 12:39 pm on Wednesday February 12th.  She weighed 6 lbs 14 ounces and was 19 ¼ long.  Mom and Shea are both doing fantastic! Dad is all smiles.

Shea Linton

Cindy arrives in Dawson City in great spirits!

Yukon Quest

Cindy, a rookie in the Yukon Quest, arrived at the halfway point in the 1,000 mile race at 6:01 am Friday February 12th. 

She is feeling great about the dog’s performance and is in 17th place at the moment.  In over 500 miles of racing she has yet to drop a dog. 

All 14 dogs should leave Dawson City in route to the finish line!   It is a testament to her fantastic dog care and her smart run/rest schedule.  Way to go Cindy!


Follow her progress at http://www.yukonquest.com

Cindy draws Number 9 at the Yukon Quest banquet.  Mushers leave from Fairbanks on Saturday February 6th!

Cindy has worked really hard this winter as our handler at No Limits Kennel.  We wish her a safe journey filled with many lasting memories.  Go Cindy!

Cindy Barrand completes Tustumena 200 as tune up for Yukon Quest

Cindy had a great run in her own backyard in the Tustumena 200 dog sled race on January 23rd-24th .  She took all of the dogs she wanted to evaluate for her Yukon Quest team.  With a vet check for the Yukon Quest only a week away from the race, she ran the race conservatively, but still had a great run.  She came in 12th out of a field of 28 mushers.  (Click here for race results)


2009 Iditarod Journal

Bruce FINALLY finished his Iditarod Journal for the 2009 race! Beware, it is a long one. Click here

Become a sponsor!

We're looking ahead at the entry fee for 2010 Iditarod. This year it is $4,000. That's a big chunk of our kennel expenses. If you or your business is interested in becoming a sponsor, paying this entry fee is a tremendous help.For more information drop us an e-mail. The first day to sign up is June 27th, 2009. Join the No Limits Team!

Bruce to be headliner speaker at University of Calgary on November 21st

Bruce will be the headliner speaker for the 8th Annual Diabetes Awareness Day at the University of Calgary.  This event is held at the Faculty of Medicine and open to the public free of charge to raise awareness about diabetes.  This event will be held on Saturday, November 21.  Go to http://www.jmdrc.org/index.php under News and Events for more information.

Annual Diabetic Conference Dec 2-4 2009

Bruce to speak about his Iditarod experiences as a diabetic to several hundred medical professionals at the Annual Alaska Area-wide Diabetes Conference in Anchorage, Alaska on December 2-4, 2009. Click here for more information (PDF)

Every Mile Counts!

Musher Bruce Linton can not get to the starting line of Iditarod without your help. Costs to maintain a competitive dog sled kennel are approximately $50,000 a year. Help support him by buying a mile for $20.00 in Iditarod 2010. Please donate in increments of $20.00 and own the trail for that mile. With your $20.00 donation, you will purchase the next mile that is available on the Iditarod trail (or any mile you want that is not taken). See how far he has gotten and list of contributors here. His goal is to get all 1,131 miles purchased so that he can once again get from Anchorage to Nome and spread his positive message about living with diabetes. Click here for map and mileage details

"I want to show people with diabetes that they can do just about anything if they properly take care of themselves, lead a healthy, active lifestyle, and live with a positive attitude!"

Bruce speaks at an American Diabetes Youth Retreat in Montana on
July 31st – August 2nd
Bruce Linton Montana
Musher Bruce Linton with group of Montana kids
Bruce did his Iditarod talk to several hundred diabetes and went on an overnight camping trip with a group of type 1 diabetes.  The Iditarod presentation was really well received.  The kids love it says Bruce.  It was fascinating to see the Type 1 diabetes all work together on the camping trip.  Many of the kids had never gone camping before and the hiking segment wasn’t easy.  We hiked up over a ridge for about 5 miles carrying all of our own gear.  The kids all checked their blood sugar every half an hour or so on the trail and adjusted their insulin intake according to the exercise they were getting.  The weather was perfect and we all had a blast said Bruce.  Bruce picked up a new addiction – he caught about 20 trout while learning the art of fly fishing in some of the most beautiful rivers in the world!

Bruce to speak at Harvard Medical School on June 27th

Bruce will be a guest speaker at the Diabetes Exercise and Sports Association (DESA) 2009 North American Conference held at the Joseph B. Martin Conference Center at Harvard Medical Center in Boston, MA. He will also be on a panel of diabetic athletes from around the country in a question and answer forum. The Q&A forum will be at 11:30 am and then Bruce will speak to the conference attendees at 5:00 pm. See the DESA web site for more information http://www.diabetes-exercise.org/index.asp

Bruce and Melissa attend ”A Night of Hope” Promise Ball in Tulsa Oklahoma

Bruce and Melissa traded in their Carharts and the mud in the dog yard for more elegant attire as they were guests at the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation’s (JDRF) Promise Ball in Tulsa, Oklahoma on May 9th. It was there first weekend away from their 9 month old son Brody. The Gala was an incredible event with many important dignitaries attending (like the Governor of Oklahoma Brad Henry and his wife Kim). We had a blast said Bruce. Tulsa is such a generous community. The Gala raised an incredible $729,000 for the JDRF in one evening. The money will go to the Artificial Pancreas Project which primary supports the development of multiple artificial pancreas technologies. Melissa and I were blessed to be a part of it. I look forward to next year where I will auction off a fishing trip to Alaska!

Bruce speaks to children in Tulsa Oklahoma

As a thank you to one of his sponsors, Bruce traveled to Tulsa Oklahoma in early April to speak to hundreds of children at area schools about his Iditarod experiences.  Bruce has developed an interesting slide show and the children were fascinated and asked endless questions.  Bruce then went to the University of Oklahoma – Tulsa and shared his Iditarod experiences to a group of diabetes.  This talk was sponsored by the local chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

Tulsa, Oklahoma


"2012 No Limits" Iditarod Team!

This is a great way to be part of the Iditarod adventure and help support Bruce and his dog team run the 1,112 miles from Anchorage to Nome. Help Bruce reach his goal. He needs help buying supplies and dog food for the race so he can get to the starting line! Help him spread his positive message about living with diabetes! Remember, every $20.00 donated buys a mile on the Iditarod trail (see Every Mile Counts) or adopt a race team dog for $300.00 (see Meet the Team).

Adopt a dog
No Limits Sled Dog kennel has a few beautiful dogs up for adoption. See the Adoption page for details.

Bruce Linton into Nome 28th place
11 Days 21 Hours 55 Minutes & 5 Seconds
Welcome to Nome!

Bruce Linton & his team at the start of Iditarod 37 in Anchorage!

DLife Airs No Limits Kennel Story

Dlife TV broadcast featuring Bruce and Melissa Linton and No Limits Sled Dog Kennel is scheduled to air on Sunday February 8th. The show will be broadcasted on CNBC at 7 pm Eastern Standard Time. Visit the DLife, watch the video click here .

Bruce comes in second in the Tustumena 100!
Bruce’s dogs were flying Saturday night at the Tustumena 100, as he tried to chase down former Iditarod champion and neighbor Dean Osmar. “I wasn’t able to catch him, but it was a special night since I consider Dean one of my mentors and he has some of the best dogs anywhere.

We had one of our best races to date and the dogs all looked awesome. They all finished strong and happy. I couldn’t have asked
for more!”.

Visit the Tustumena official web site


Cindy Barrand completes extremely difficult
Copper Basin 300!

Cindy Barrand is our handler at No Limits Kennel. With temperatures at 42 below zero at the start, the race that calls itself “The toughest 300 miles in Alaska” lived up to its reputation this year!

The dogs, having competed only one week earlier in the brutal Kink 200, were slow, but finished strong and happy! Cindy learned a tremendous amount from the race and provided excellent dog care in some very challenging conditions.

Congratulations Cindy!

Bruce finishes in top ten in frigid Knik 200!

The coldest air in a decade hit the region, which resulted in temperatures bottoming out below 50 below in the predawn hours on the river. Bruce was extremely pleased with his dog’s performance and their attitude. “My dogs never cease to amaze me. They were incredible. The thermometer in Yenta during the “heat of the day” was 44 below! It gave me a lot of confidence going into Iditarod”. Cindy also finished with a happy and well cared for dog team. See race results at: http://members.tripod.com/knik200/

DLife Show to feature Linton's Alaskan Lifestyle
DLife Show to feature Linton's Alaskan Lifestyle. Bruce and Melissa will be featured in an upcoming DLife show! A film crew came up from Los Angles and spent the day with Bruce, Melissa and the dogs November 22nd. This is the largest show in the country that is specifically about living with diabetes and Bruce is honored to be profiled in the show. The show broadcasts
weekly on CNBC. The broadcast that features Bruce and Melissa will air next season (02/15/09).
See http://www.dlife.com/ for more info.

Diabetic Athletes
Bruce Linton is one of 10 diabetics athletes profiled in a new book. He was chosen from hundreds
of diabetes from all over the world. For more information and ordering click here

Musher Bruce Linton autographs poster for fans.
Discovery & Iditarod team up
Alaskan fans were treated to a sneak preview of Discovery's latest gem. About 1,200 people were invited to view the first episode of the 2008 Iditarod sled dog race. "The Toughest Race on Earth. Iditarod".

You will follow mushers Bruce Linton, DeeDee Jonrowe, Martin Buser, Lance Mackey and Jeff King along with others that come along for the ride of their life.

"That was awesome" exclaimed many, as they piled out of the auditorium, "the footage was incrediable" said others."The best I have even seen" shouted some long time volunteers. Everyone seemed pleased.

The difference between this coverage and others before them, is the Discovery crew spent a considerable amount of time following several mushers from the start in Anchorage to the finish in Nome and many check points in between. Cameras rolling everywhere. They were duct taped to sleds so you can get a real feel of the trail and the demand on the mushers. You get to know each musher, cheer them on, feel their pain, their energy and their moments of joy.

Discovery’s premier of "TOUGHEST RACE ON EARTH: IDITAROD", will air Tuesday, October 14th at 10 PM ET/PT. The six hour miniseries follows mushers and their sled dog teams across more than a thousand miles of rugged terrain as they take on Mother Nature - and each other - in The Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.


Cindy Barrand (Bruce's Kennel Manager) and Bruce with wife Melissa Linton

The 2008 Iditarod/Discovery Channel gang -
From left to right: Bob Ormberg: VP, Content Products, Jeff King, Martin Buser,
Bruce Linton, DeeDee Jonrowe, Lance Mackey & Bob Gold Discovery Channel

UPDATE SEP 12, 2008:

Mushers and their sled dog teams endure more than a thousand miles of unforgiving Alaskan wilderness along the Iditarod Trail in hopes of making it across the finish line –
Discovery’s premier of TOUGHEST RACE ON EARTH: IDITAROD, will air Tuesday, October 14th at 10 PM ET/PT. The six hour miniseries follows mushers and their sled dog teams across more than a thousand miles of rugged terrain as they take on Mother Nature - and each other - in The Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.View the Discovery Channels trailor... 

Discovery Channel Documents Iditarod

Discovery Channel Documents Iditarod Bruce Linton will be one of seven “primary characters” featured in a new six part Discovery Channel series on last years Iditarod race.

Says Bruce “I’m in good company. The show will feature Lance Mackey, Jeff King, Martin Buser, Dee Dee Jonrowe, Rick Holt, Darin Nelson and I and a few minor characters. The production of this new series cost millions and everyone involved is hoping it will be another hit for Original Productions. They really pulled out all the stops for this show. I had a camera attached to my sled filming my dogs, a camera attached to my sled that was filming me and I was wired for sound throughout my journey. Camera men were at just about every checkpoint as well capturing as much as they could about the race and what it takes to drive a dog team from Anchorage to Nome. It is truly exciting and unbelievable to me to be a part of it. This production will bring the Iditarod story to millions of new viewers. The worlds most famous dog sled race will now be seen by the world!”

Discovery Channel flew Bruce and the other primary characters down to Los Angeles during the first part of August to complete the final shooting. Look for advertising for the series to begin soon and for the series to begin airing in October.

Read press release here…

Linton's Welcome New Addition
Brody McIntosh Linton was born at 5:19 p.m., Sunday, July 20th, sharing the same birthday as Bruce's dad, weighing 8 lbs., 3 ounces and 19.5 inches long. It is Bruce and Melissa’s first child.

“My wife Melissa was incredible” says Bruce – “she did it natural without drugs. We are adjusting to our new lives as parents and everyone is doing great! We are extremely blessed!”

Bruce is officially signed up for the 2009 Iditarod!
Bruce and Melissa attended the sign up celebration and annual volunteer picnic at Iditarod headquarters in Wasilla, Alaska on June 28th. He was one of 68 mushers to sign up for Iditarod 2009 on that first day. Says Bruce “With some seasoned veterans from my last two Iditarod runs and some younger dogs that we have raised since birth, I am very excited about the potential of my race team next winter!”

Enjoy The Journey Getting To The Starting Line

Reprinted from : Diabetes Exercise and Sports Association’s
(DESA’s) Newsletter
by Bruce Linton
Like all diabetics, I was shocked, overwhelmed, and saddened, on that faithful day when I officially became a Type 1 insulin-dependent diabetic. It is hard to believe that I have had diabetes for over 15 years. My journey since then has been long and unpredictable but, in the process, I have developed some very strong beliefs that I carry with me today. Here is my story. Read more.......


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We need your help. Please see our sponsorship link above where you can help Bruce and his dog team at the starting line by “Living the Dream

Other ways to help No Limits Sled Dog Kennel is to sponsor a dog for $300 (click here) or sponsor an Iditarod mile
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