Did you know: Newton competed in the Yukon Quest 2009 and the Iditarod 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014?
The first Jamaican to compete in the Yukon Quest and the Iditarod. Newton was born and raised in Ocho Rios, Jamaica.
Article by Lead Dog, Iditarod News
Newton Marshall, the 26-year old Jamaican Musher finished the 2010 Iditarod. His time of 12 Days 4 Hours 27 Minutes and 28 Seconds, would have made him the winner in 1981 when Rick Swenson broke the 12 day mark.
9 Mushers remain on the Trail.
2010 Iditarod Bio-
Oswald “Newton” Marshall began mushing in 2005 after an operations manager at Chukka Cove, saw something special in Newton and handpicked him to look after a trio of new dogs at Chukka Cove Farm.
Newton’s exuberance and special way with animals propelled him on a journey to the snow and great outdoors to train with huskies. In November 2007, it was decided that Newton would train and race to qualify for the Yukon Quest. Marshall left sunny Jamaica and arrived in Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, Canada to begin his long distance training with three-time Yukon Quest winner Hans Gatt.
Marshall was up to the task and March 27-28, 2008 he finished 7th in a field of 15 in the 210-mile Percy DeWolfe Memorial Mail Race and received the Sportsmanship Award from his fellow mushers. Marshall then successfully completed Alaska’s Copper Basin 300 (Jan 10 to 13, 2009) placing 13th in a field of 27 starts.
On February 26, 2009, Marshall became the first Jamaican ever to finish the Yukon Quest 1,000 Mile International Sled Dog Race. He did so finishing 13th out of a field of 29 mushers. For his perseverance despite the odds against him, race officials selected Marshall as the recipient of the Challenge of the North Award.
The video below is a documentary by Real Stories on Newton Marshall run in the Yukon Quest
Article: Ahh Jamaica Mahn-He’s now an Iditarod Finisher!! by Lead Dog, Iditarod News; http://kaiserracing.com/2010/03/ahh-jamaica-mahn-hes-now-an-iditarod-finisher/