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A warm welcome for Mike Williams, Jr., 11th place in Iditarod 42

Mike Williams, Jr. at the finish line

With his sister standing beside him under the Burled Arch – and boisterous race fans literally singing and dancing by the race chute – musher Mike Williams, Jr. had ample sources of support and congratulation upon his arrival into Nome in the wee hours of Wednesday morning. The Kuskokwim-area musher (Williams is from Akiak, Alaska)…

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Jeff King scratches

Jeff King, talking to the press

In a stunning turn of events, musher Jeff King has scratched from Iditarod 42. The musher, who was in a commanding lead mere hours ago – a lead that, in most Iditarod years, would have been likely insurmountable – was stopped just shy of the Safety checkpoint by severely strong winds. According to Iditarod.com’s Joe…

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In Unalakleet: rookie Abbie West, traversing the Great Land

Abbie West interviews with Laureli, Unalakleet

Caring for her dogs under clear skies in Unalakleet on Sunday afternoon, Abbie West, in sizing up her first experience with the Iditarod, seemed content to balance the good with the bad. It’s definitely been a challenge, she says, but also an adventure. And besides, she’s currently the lead rookie. West spoke with Laureli Kinneen…

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Doing the math: when to Nome?

With Iditarod 42’s leaders now well into the Norton Sound coast checkpoints, it’s time to break out the calculator. It’s far too early to predict a champion, but how about when the championship finish might happen? As with every year, let’s get a big caveat out of the way: this is a race, of course, which…

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Kaiser, in Unalakleet, running a rebuilding team to Nome

Pete Kaiser in Ruby, taking an 8-hour layover, Friday

“I don’t have my sights set on anybody,” Bethel musher Pete Kaiser says. In the remaining few days of the race, his goals are relatively straightforward. “(Let’s) just get to Nome as fast as we safely can, and whomever we pass, we pass, and whoever passes us, passes us.” On Sunday morning, Kaiser caught up…

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