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Iditarod 2010

In Nikolai: Zack Steer

Musher Zack Steer was in an appreciative mood when he pulled into Nikolai on Tuesday. When our on-the-trail reporter Laureli caught up with him, he was full of praise for his dog team – as well as for the “gourmet” food that the checkpoint had to offer: http://www.knom.org/wp-audio/2010/03/iditarod-2010/03_09_2400_nikolai_steer.mp3 Zack Steer was in 10th position as…

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In Nikolai: Aliy Zirkle

What will it take to make it to Nome in first place? Veteran musher Aliy Zirkle says she’ll need “a good dog team” and a double dose of luck. Zirkle spoke with us at the Nikolai checkpoint on Tuesday; she reflected a bit on the trail thus far, the balance between race strategy and race…

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In Nikolai: Mitch Seavey

Mitch Seavey was doing better than he’d expected when he arrived in Nikolai on Tuesday morning, but as he told our race reporter Laureli, he still had “chores to do.” The elder Seavey – a former Iditarod champ – shared his thoughts on his team’s potential for this year’s race, as well as what it’s…

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In Nikolai: Lance Mackey

Lance Mackey has won three Iditarods in a row, and in 2010, he’ll try to make it four. But as Mackey admits, that’s all up to the dogs. Mackey talked with our race reporter Laureli during his rest in the Nikolai checkpoint. He talked about the state of his dog team, the pacing of the…

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Pat Moon Scratches

Rookie musher Pat Moon scratched from Iditarod 38 on Tuesday afternoon. According to Iditarod headquarters, Moon crashed his sled in the Dalzell Gorge, a difficult and “infamous” section of trail between the Rainy Pass and Rohn checkpoints. He briefly lost consciousness following the crash but was aided by fellow musher Sam Deltour, who checked on…

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On-Air Update: Tuesday March 9

It’s been an eventful day in Iditarod 38, with the lead mushers through Nikolai and on to McGrath. Hear the latest news, race standings, and perspective from the trail with Tuesday’s 5pm Iditarod Update. It’s Ric and Linda in the KNOM studios and Laureli in Nikolai: http://www.knom.org/wp-audio/2010/03/iditarod-2010/03_09_1700_5pmupdate.mp3

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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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Kirk Barnum Scratches

A fourth musher has scratched from Iditarod 38. Kirk Barnum scratched at the Rainy Pass checkpoint at 11:20am (Alaska Time), late Tuesday morning. Barnum scratched with only twelve dogs: a relatively small team for so early in the race. As Iditarod headquarters confirms, Barnum “said he scratched in the best interest of his team… it…

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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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