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King and Jonrowe, from White Mountain

The end of Iditarod 2013 is near. While in White Mountain, mushers are looking back at this year’s race and planning their final run into Nome. Jeff King tells KNOM about his run through Koyuk, and explains his extra rest along the trail from Koyuk to Elim, which cost him his lead on Mitch Seavey.

After a short three hour rest on the trail though, his dogs were looking great. King says he had one of the best runs of his career from Elim to White Mountain last night, and he’s looking to make that happen again from White Mountain into Nome. “I’m looking forward to one of the fastest runs I’ve ever had from here to Nome. I did it in ’93 in eight and a half hours from here [White Mountain], and I’m going to do my best to see if we can do something like that.”

 

DeeDee Jonrowe wants to make the last run into Nome good and clean. The 2013 Iditarod hasn’t afforded her many of those. Jonrowe says it’s been a hard, challenging race: “I’ve worked harder on this race than I have in a lot of races, with a lot less sleep than most races.” DeeDee is looking forward to the warm reception of friends and family when she crosses under the burled arch in Nome: “There’s a lot of things that are exciting about getting to Nome, and it doesn’t matter what position you’re in.”