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Feature Interviews (2013)

Burmeister Upbeat at Iditarod

After resting for 5 hours 19 minutes, Aaron Burmeister left Iditarod at 6:05pm Thursday – most likely for a 90-mile run through the hills to Shageluk and on to Anvik. Two teams departed before him – Martin Buser at 2pm and Aliy Zirkle at 5:20pm. Burmeister left with 15 dogs and hinted that when his…

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Leaving first from Iditarod: Martin Buser

Martin Buser is moving into the lead this afternoon, the first to hit the trail heading from Iditarod to Shageluk. For the moment, he’s in the lead of this great race. The question everyone has on their mind is if he can maintain that lead. Buser acknowledges the risk he’s taken this year: “Anytime you make…

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Louie Ambrose on his layover “mistake”

“I made a mistake declaring my layover,” rookie Louie Ambrose says of his recent run in Iditarod 2013. The St. Michael, Alaska musher (who was born in Tanana and raised in Galena) reports that he originally intended to take his mandatory 24-hour layover in Ophir but, in retrospect, wishes he had stopped in McGrath. Ultimately, Ambrose…

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In Takotna, Jonrowe outlines her “objectives”

“I want to get through this next, tough trail,” DeeDee Jonrowe says of the Iditarod route past Takotna, where her dog team took its mandatory 24-hour layover on Wednesday. “(In the past,) I’ve had a bad run on the Yukon, and it is SO not fun, for me or the dogs.” The Willow, Alaska musher…

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Zirkle & Kaiser: resting in Takotna

Although many mushers breezed through Takotna today, headed toward more solitary checkpoints for their 24-hour rest, Pete Kaiser and Aliy Zirkle are among a larger group who decided to put their snow hooks down; giving their dogs and themselves some well-deserved rest. Takotna is about 300 miles into the 1000 mile race to Nome, and…

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In Takotna, right on schedule: Aaron Burmeister

This year’s Iditarod is shaping up to be a year for risks. Martin Buser surprised everyone early on, racing hard out of the gate 150 miles straight to Rohn. Possibly inspired by Buser’s bold move, a handful of mushers, led by Lance Mackey, are pushing beyond Takotna, a favored checkpoint for the mandatory 24-hour layover,…

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Cadzow and Lindner, keeping “steady” through Nikolai

Success in the Iditarod often turns not just on having a fast team, but, also, on knowing when to rest that team – and that’s just what mushers Josh Cadzow and Sonny Lindner were doing when they caught up with KNOM’s Laureli Kinneen in Nikolai on Tuesday. For both competitors, their rest was part of…

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