Despite a grueling run down the Yukon, Ruby was just a pit stop for most mushers. Iditarod teams pressed on to Galena or even to Huslia, where Aaron Burmeister arrived first.
A look at Western Alaska’s John Baker and Pete Kaiser midday Wednesday from the trail between Tanana and Ruby.
Mushers Curt Perano of New Zealand and Mats Pettersson of Sweden stop for a snack along the Yukon trail. “Beautiful meeting here [at Kokrine Bible Camp]… A memory for life, I think,” said Pettersson.
The mighty Yukon took center stage in the Iditarod Wednesday, as mushers tackled the longest single run of the race — more than 120 miles down the iconic Alaska river.
2015 Yukon Quest champ Brent Sass is disqualified for having a two-way communication device, as top mushers in Iditarod 2015 reach the Yukon River.
What’s a good race for Rohn this year? “Finish the race with as many dogs as I have. It’s just about getting all the dogs happy and healthy to the finish line.”
Dee Dee Jonrowe, Allen Moore, and rookie Becca Moore talk the race reroute and what they see in their teams for Iditarod 2015.
Nicolas Petit says, “We’re all rookies,” citing the change in course to Fairbanks. Norway’s Thomas Waerner, also a rookie in name only, talks mushing in Norway and his dream to compete in Iditarod.
Reminiscent of live storytelling forums like “The Moth” comes a show that’s uniquely Alaskan—named for the spot where many northern tales are shared—Arctic Entries. Next month, the show is coming to Nome.
Out of Fairbanks, through Nenana, and on to Manley Hot Springs before a long stretch of running on the river — that was the first day of this year’s Iditarod.