“Next year is going to be a bad year, but it’s going to be the best year of all the bad years to come,” said Nome School Superintendent Shawn Arnold.
“Iditarod is everything,” says Jenn. “It is all-consuming, life-giving, spirit-rejuvenating insanity…and I only wish it could last forever.”
After two prior attempts, this year’s Red Lantern, Cindy Abbott, completed her first Iditarod. She is the first woman (and only the second person) to summit Mt. Everest and complete the 1,000-mile sled dog race.
Maixner is swapping out sleds and getting ready to run with his team. “If there’s a leader, they’re ready to go. They trust in the person leading the pack as well as trusting in me, I guess,” said Maixner.
Thomas Waerner’s team was looking skinny in Unalakleet. He’s been feeding his dogs hearty meals but can’t get their weight up. “Meat and kibble,” the Norwegian musher says, just like he feeds the dogs back home. But it’s not the same meat and kibble in Alaska.
Aaron Burmeister may have been the first musher to the coast, but Dallas Seavey is now in front on the way to Nome.
Burmeister, first into Unalakleet, is comfortable on the coast. “I felt right at home when the wind started blowing,” said the Nome musher. According to Race Marshall Mark Nordman, mushers should arrive Tuesday.
“I had a big master plan to go almost nonstop,” says Anderson. But his plan—and his sled—had to adapt to meet his team’s needs on this new and unpredictable trail.
“I hope that we’re always a threat in this race,” says Dallas Seavey. “We’re not always gonna win it, but we’re always gonna be a threat.”
Resting in Galena, Ray Redington, Jr. and Jessie Royer reflect on their races in light of the warmer preparation each team had this season.