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Iditarod 2010

In Ruby: The Yukon Fox

In 1975, Emmitt Peters won the Iditarod: as a rookie. Peters finished first in just the third year the Iditarod was held, and he did so by shaving a full six days off of the previous year’s championship time; his record wasn’t surpassed until Joe May’s run in 1980. Peters’ incredible achievement, as he describes,…

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In Ruby: Western Alaskans

Recent temperatures have been exceptionally low on the Iditarod trail: especially along the Yukon River, from which race leaders (Lance Mackey, Hans Gatt, Jeff King, and others) departed on Saturday afternoon. For some mushers, 35 below was less than ideal, but Kotzebue musher Robert Nelson says he likes the cold – and so do his…

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Three Teams Scratch: Savidis, Redington, Palfrey

Three more teams have scratched from Iditarod 2010. Rookie Justin Savidis officially scratched at the McGrath checkpoint at 6:15pm Friday afternoon, according to Iditarod’s official Eye on the Trail blog. Savidis had been forced to remain in McGrath for several days after he lost one of his sled dogs, Whitey, during his team’s run from…

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On-Air Update: Saturday March 13

Amid all the excitement of the Nome-Golovin Snowmachine Race, Iditarod 38 rolls on! Get caught up on Iditarod news, race standings, and more with our 5pm update from Saturday. Danielle and Linda in the studios join our race reporter Laureli on the phone from Unalakleet:

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On-Air Update: Friday March 12

The Iditarod race leaders are through Ruby, and that’s where you’ll find our reporter-on-the-trail, Laureli. Laureli joined Ric and Leah on the phone for Friday’s 5pm, on-air Iditarod Update. It included a run down of the latest Iditarod news, plus what’s happening at the Ruby checkpoint:

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In Ruby: Checkpoint Volunteers Bill and Tor

What’s it like to be an Iditarod checker at one of the trail checkpoints? Race volunteers Bill and Tor have more than a generation of Iditarod experience between them. They talked with our trail reporter Laureli in Ruby, sharing their favorite experiences from the race, their love for Alaska, and more. Their interview was interrupted…

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In Ruby: Hugh Neff

Our on-the-trail reporter Laureli caught up with Hugh Neff in Ruby. The Iditarod veteran was the third to arrive at the checkpoint; he pulled in at 4:30am with 13 dogs, eager for a rest. Neff said he planned to take an 8-hour layover there (which all mushers must do somewhere on the Yukon River: if…

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Tom Thurston Scratches

Musher Tom Thurston has scratched from Iditarod 38. Thurston exited the race on Friday morning with 9 dogs. According to Iditarod’s official Eye on the Trail blog, he “cited his team’s performance as the main factor” in ending his run. Thurston planned to mush his dogs back to the McGrath checkpoint so that they could be taken to…

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Leaders (and a Big Prize) in Ruby

Jeff King still has a long trail before the finish line in Nome, but he’s already won something in Iditarod 2010. The four-time Iditarod champ was the first musher into Ruby – making an exceptionally quick run from the Cripple checkpoint – and waiting for him was a seven-course meal and a large cash prize.…

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In Takotna: Ruth, from Germany

The Iditarod Sled Dog Race truly is an international event. Mushers have come from Norway, Canada, and, this year, from Jamaica, and in the Takotna checkpoint, one volunteer veterinarian has come all the way from Germany to share her skills. Her name is Ruth, and she talked with our trail reporter Laureli about her experiences…

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