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Berkowitz, in White Mountain, keeping the focus on dog care

In White Mountain on Tuesday morning, Jake Berkowitz had ample reasons to feel upbeat.

With easily the largest team in Iditarod’s top competitors – 15 dogs, compared to the 10 dogs of both Mitch Seavey and Aliy Zirkle – Berkowitz emphasized his insistence upon looking after his team, even in the final hours of the race.

“Dog care is our number-one priority, always,” he told KNOM’s Laureli Kinneen. Even though Berkowitz is in close standings with Joar Leifseth Ulsom and Nicolas Petit – the three mushers pulled into White Mountain in a span of only 8 minutes – he says he won’t push his dogs more than they’re able, even in the last 77 miles of the race.

“These dogs have already run 930 miles; the last thing I’m going to do is drive ’em hard the last 70. 6th, 7th, or 8th: it doesn’t really mean too big of a difference to me.”

Regardless of how he finishes, Berkowitz is looking forward to finishing, and he’s confident that his top-ten status will hold.

“We’re ready for a party in Nome.”

 

As of 11:30am Tuesday, Jake Berkowitz is in 8th position; he arrived into White Mountain at 9:25am with his impressively-large string of 15 dogs.

1 Comment

  1. Greg Russell on March 12, 2013 at 7:02 pm

    That’s Jake is a class individual. Great example of the true spirit of the trail. Way to go Jake. So proud of you and Robin!