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Feature Interviews (2010)

In Nikolai: Hugh Neff

What sort of team might be most likely to win Iditarod 2010? Hugh Neff talked briefly with us while he was in the Nikolai checkpoint, and he speculated on what combination of factors might make for a championship team this year. Neff also talked about his own pacing for the Iditarod, the issues he faced on…

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In Nikolai: John Baker

Our race reporter Laureli caught up with Western Alaskan musher John Baker (from Kotzebue, AK) when he was in Nikolai. He briefly shared his experiences and outlook on the trail thus far, as well as a few of the dogs that feature prominently in his team: http://www.knom.org/wp-audio/2010/03/iditarod-2010/03_09_1530b_nikolai_baker.mp3 Baker (from Kotzebue) is off to an impressive…

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In Nikolai: Jeff King

How’s Jeff King’s team doing? The former Iditarod champ spent a few minutes with us in the Nikolai checkpoint, and his outlook remained positive, although he still considers this Iditarod his last. http://www.knom.org/wp-audio/2010/03/iditarod-2010/03_09_1430_nikolai_king.mp3 At the time of writing (4:10pm in Alaska), Jeff King is the first musher out of Nikolai, en route to McGrath.

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In Nikolai: Sebastian Schnuelle

As of 3:45pm (Alaska Time), 21 teams have arrived at the Nikolai checkpoint: including current first-position musher Sebastian Schnuelle. Our Iditarod reporter Laureli is in Nikolai and spent a few minutes with Sebastian. He shared a bit of his experiences on the trail from Rohn to Nikolai (called the “Farewell Burn,” it’s traditionally one of…

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In Nikolai: Volunteers

The Iditarod depends on countless volunteers, many of them from outside Alaska (and even the United States). They give of their time, their money, and their energy to help make the race happen. Our race reporter Laureli was in the Nikolai checkpoint on Monday afternoon and got to meet two such devoted volunteers: Suzanne and…

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In Anchorage, Many Reasons to Cheer

The Iditarod attracts both competitors and fans for many different reasons; some are drawn to the race by a love for dogs, others by family tradition, or hometown pride, or, simply, by a fascination with Alaska. At this Saturday’s ceremonial start, the mushers and supporters who packed the streets of Anchorage each had his or…

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From Australia to Alaska: Iditarod Vet Mike Glascoigne

The flight from Brisbane, Australia to Southcentral Alaska is quite long – and expensive. But for 16 years, Mike Glascoigne has been taking that journey: to serve as a volunteer veterinarian in the Iditarod. Mike recently spoke with our Iditarod reporter on the trail, Laureli Kinneen. He shared what’s brought him back to the Iditarod,…

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Jeff King’s “Last” Iditarod

Multiple-time Iditarod champion Jeff King says that Iditarod 2010 will be his last: at least, his last as a competitor. He’s already sold his dogs (effective after this year’s race is over), and he says he’d like to leave on a high note. King recently spoke with KNOM’s Laureli Kinneen in Anchorage on his outlook…

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