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Iditarod 2010

In Takotna: Hugh Neff

Takotna, as Hugh Neff describes it, is a sort of “mushing nirvana.” The veteran musher says he almost pushed on to Ophir for his 24-hour layover, but he couldn’t resist Takotna’s advantages: both for humans and for dogs. (Neff wasn’t alone. As of late Wednesday night, several dozen mushers were taking their 24-hour layovers there.)…

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In Takotna: Rick Swenson and Kristy Berington

Where – and when – an Iditarod musher rests his or her team can be decisive, and the consequences of a specific run/rest strategy can be difficult to predict. As longtime race veteran Rick Swenson describes, “it’s all a gamble.” All mushers must take a 24-hour layover during their run on the trail, and in…

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On-Air Update: Wednesday March 10

What’s the mood at the Takotna checkpoint? How are the dogs faring? Where are the lead mushers? Who’s running? Who’s resting? Ric, Linda and Laureli tackled these questions and many more during our 5pm on-air Iditarod Update, Wednesday night. Ric and Linda kept a close eye on the race standings (and the GPS tracking system)…

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Hospitality in Takotna: Jan Newton

The pie is good in Takotna, Alaska. Very good. The food is free, and the hospitality is legendary. And – oh, right – it’s an Iditarod checkpoint, too. Jan Newton has been in Takotna since 1972 – a year before the Iditarod Sled Dog Race began – and she’s seen a lot pass through her…

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“Mush, Mon!”

Newton Marshall says he likes it in Alaska, and that’s a very good thing: the rookie Iditarod musher has traveled all the way from Jamaica to participate in The Last Great Race. So far he’s braved frostbite and strong winds at Rainy Pass, and Alaska’s sub-zero temperatures are a substantial shift from the warmth of…

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In Nikolai: Chris Adkins

A pack of mushers pulled out of the Nikolai checkpoint mid-morning on Wednesday. Among them was rookie musher Chris Adkins from Sand Coulee, Montana, the son of veteran musher Terry Adkins. Chris Adkins took a few minutes just before his departure from Nikolai to talk with our trail reporter Laureli. Despite some sled trouble, he…

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Kathleen Frederick Scratches

Musher Kathleen Frederick has scratched. Frederick is the second rookie musher – and the sixth musher overall – to exit Iditarod 38. According to Iditarod’s Eye on the Trail blog, Frederick scratched at 9:50am Wednesday morning at the Rohn checkpoint. She had 14 dogs on her team and left the race “due to equipment and…

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In Nikolai: Jim Lanier

Pink duct tape, trail “roller coasters,” and hints of a new musical composition for this year’s race banquet: that’s what veteran musher Jim Lanier had to share with us at the Nikolai checkpoint on Tuesday. Hear our interview with Jim Lanier: http://www.knom.org/wp-audio/2010/03/iditarod-2010/03_09_2400_nikolai_lanier_edited.mp3 As of latest information, Lanier is in 26th position; he left Nikolai with…

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In Nikolai: Western Alaskan Rookies

William “Middie” Johnson told us on Tuesday that he feels pretty good “because the dogs feel pretty good.” Pete Kaiser struck a similar tone: he said his run/rest schedule will be largely dependent on how his dogs are feeling. Both Johnson and Kaiser are rookies to Iditarod 38, and they took some time while in…

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In Nikolai: New Generations

The Iditarod has long been a family affair. This year, a handful of young mushers are following their fathers on the trail: sometimes, literally. At the Nikolai checkpoint on Tuesday night, our race reporter Laureli spent a little time with Quinn Iten (of Kotzebue, Alaska) and Dallas Seavey (of Seward). Quinn’s father Ed Iten is…

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