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Iditarod News (2011)

The Iditarod 2011 Red Lantern: Ellen Halverson

photos and text by David Dodman Iditarod 2011 has officially concluded! The last-place finisher, or Red Lantern, arrived into Nome on Sunday morning. The Red Lantern of Iditarod 2011 was Wasilla, Alaska’s Ellen Halverson, who passed under the Burled Arch at 10:45am Sunday. Halverson is the first musher in Iditarod history to win the Red Lantern…

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BAKER WINS

text by David Dodman The state of Alaska is about to have a very good day. John Baker has just won Iditarod 39. The Kotzebue musher, an Alaska Native with strong roots both in rural Alaska and in the Iditarod itself, has just crossed the finish line in Nome with 10 dogs. Congratulations to John…

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In Anvik, It’s Seared Tuna, Wasabi, and Ginger: for Breakfast

photo and audio by Laureli Kinneen; text by David Dodman The Iditarod Sled Dog Race offers a wide array of extraordinary experiences. Gourmet dining isn’t usually among them, with one exception: the first musher to arrive into the Anvik checkpoint – the first stopover on the Yukon River – receives a lavish five-course meal, provided…

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Gerry Willomitzer Scratches

text by David Dodman; photo by Ben Matheson The number of scratches in Iditarod 39 now stands at six, with the departure of veteran musher Gerry Willomitzer from the race late Wednesday morning. According to Iditarod’s official Eye on the Trail, Willomitzer scratched in McGrath at 11am Wednesday with 12 dogs in his team. The…

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Storey Scratches

text by David Dodman; photo by Ben Matheson Rookie musher Bob Storey has scratched from Iditarod 2011. The Auckland, New Zealand musher exited the race this morning at the Rainy Pass checkpoint, according to the Anchorage Daily News’ Iditarod Live: The Sled Blog. (As of 11:07am, Iditarod’s official Eye on the Trail blog has yet…

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Jessica Hendricks Scratches

by David Dodman Veteran musher Jessica Hendricks has scratched. The Two Rivers, Alaska musher has run four Iditarods – including this one. She exited the 2011 race in the Nikolai checkpoint at 9:25pm Tuesday with only 8 dogs: by far the smallest sled dog team then in the race. (Mushers must have at least 6…

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Three Teams Scratch: Owens, DeNure, Gebhardt

by David Dodman Tuesday saw the first three scratches in Iditarod 2011; all three are race veterans. The first scratch likely came as sad news to many in Nome. According to Iditarod’s official Eye on the Trail blog, Nome-raised Melissa Owens withdrew from the race at 2am Tuesday morning in the Rainy Pass checkpoint. Eye says that…

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In Nikolai, a Healthy Dose of Medicine, Before the Race

photo by Ben Matheson; audio by Laureli Kinneen; text by David Dodman The 41 volunteer veterinarians of the Iditarod fulfill a crucial role: making sure the dogs of The Last Great Race are healthy and fit for the trail. In Nikolai this Sunday, long before a single sled dog or musher arrived, one volunteer vet…

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