“9th place in under 9 days? It’s crazy,” Pete Kaiser commented on Wednesday. The fast finishes of Iditarod 2017 are a sign of an “evolving” race, the Bethel musher said.
For the elder Seavey, winning a third Iditarod is a big accomplishment, but it’s not his last. He’s still at the height of his career, he says, with more yet to do.
Race leader Mitch Seavey is firmly in the lead of Iditarod 2017. Church bells made it official as he pulled into White Mountain late Monday.
Iditarod teams have left the Yukon and reached the Bering Sea coast. Mushers are shedding equipment, dropping slow dogs, and looking to make a move in the final 300 miles.
Necropsy results for an Iditarod dog that died Friday while flying to Anchorage indicate it died from overheating. The ITC says it is working on changes to prevent similar incidents in the future.
The Iditarod is honoring a late longtime race volunteer from Kaltag — Austin Esmailka, Sr. — with the Herbie Nayokpuk Spirit of the Iditarod Award.
Mitch Seavey was first to Kaltag Saturday night. He has a strong position for now but knows it’s still a long way to Nome — especially with his son close on his heels.
As this year’s Iditarod moves through Huslia and on towards Koyukuk, the next generation of local mushers will stay behind, training their dogs to make dreams reality.
The two-time champion was the first to leave Galena early Thursday and arrived in Huslia more than 80 miles up the trail at 8:18 p.m.
As Iditarod 2017 approaches its halfway point, mushers’ individual plans for 8- and 24-hour breaks are spreading teams across hundreds of miles of trail.