Hall of Fame Inductee: Goomy Anderson
Allan “Goomy” Anderson II has lived in McGrath all his life. His father and his uncle were top Iditarod mushers known as the Flying Anderson Brothers. “Goomy” chose another path, though. When the first Iron Dog started in McGrath in 1984, he was only 16 but he knew he wanted to be involved. That first year, he helped out at the checkpoint as the racers first went to Nikolai and then returned to McGrath before heading on to Nome. The next year, the race started in Wasilla and a crew was needed to man the remote checkpoint at Rohn River and “Goomy” raised his hand and has been the lead checker there almost every year since then.
In 1997 after over 10 years of fueling Iron Doggers, “Goomy” entered the race with fellow Rohn River volunteer, Iron Dog Hall of Famer Richard Strick. “Goomy” and Richard finished 6th and then the next year, they were back working at Rohn along with other key volunteers like Steve Graham, Duane Norback, Therron Magnuson and Neil Rosander.
Goomy, pronounced “Goo-my” represents the best of the Iron Dog. Without the tireless work of volunteers like him, this race could not be run. He and his crew have stepped in year after year and done a job that, simply put, has to be done. The Iron Dog can never thank him enough.
The induction ceremony will take place during the 2015 Racer Drawing and Banquet.