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Burmeister Upbeat at Iditarod

Aaron Burmeister

Nome-grown Aaron Burmeister massages feet after feeding dogs during a 5-hour break at the Iditarod checkpoint. Photo by Laureli Kinneen.

After resting for 5 hours 19 minutes, Aaron Burmeister left Iditarod at 6:05pm Thursday – most likely for a 90-mile run through the hills to Shageluk and on to Anvik. Two teams departed before him – Martin Buser at 2pm and Aliy Zirkle at 5:20pm. Burmeister left with 15 dogs and hinted that when his team drops to 10, expect a push.