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After a “survival shuffle,” Phillips happy to be on a 24

Michelle Phillips in Takotna

Canadian musher Michelle Phillips attends to her dogs on Wednesday afternoon in Takotna.

If one had to generalize about Iditarod 2014 thus far, it’d probably be safe to say this: the dogs are generally doing well, but their mushers are pretty tired.

That’s definitely the picture painted by many mushers and race observers in Takotna: among them, competitor Michelle Phillips, who talked with KNOM’s Laureli Kinneen on Wednesday afternoon.

Her dogs “look better than I look,” the Canadian musher said (she’s from Whitehorse, Yukon Territory). After the rough trail through Rohn that she described as a “survival shuffle to Nikolai,” she’s happy to see snow and happy to be taking her 24-hour layover in Takotna.


Accounting for her starting differential – the specific time she began the race on Sunday at the Iditarod re-start – Michelle Phillips will be eligible to depart her 24-hour layover at 4:02am, early Thursday morning.