2016 winners Tyler Aklestad and Tyson Johnson of team #8 are currently holding onto first position as they head back on the trail to the finish line in Fairbanks.
Before the restart Thursday morning at 8am, Iron Dog racers in Nome have on-the-clock repair and “wrenching” time — and a chance to eat and rest.
Photos of the first two Iron Dog 2017 teams to arrive in Nome on Tuesday afternoon: Minnick/Olstad and Aklestad/Johnson.
Friday night, 20 teams will depart from the Kuskokwim 300 starting line in Bethel, vying for the champion’s share of the largest K-300 purse to date: $150,000 in total.
Early Sunday, Nicolas Petit won the Kobuk 440, marking the coda not only of the mid-distance sled dog race but also of the 2016 mushing season in Alaska.
Mushers pulling into Kiana reflect on the race and their positions before setting out on the final leg of the Kobuk 440.
Over the weekend, Kobuk 440 racers found themselves in the middle of the pack — and faced the decision of how they would run the rest of the race.
In Ambler on Friday, Kobuk 440 mushers focused on their dogs’ rest, pacing, and the trail ahead. Near the mid-point of the 440-mile course, it’s still anyone’s race.
In the 2016 running of the Kobuk 440, rookies Jason Mackey, John Vanderwall and Damon Tedford are hitting the trail with dogs, and advice, from well-known race veterans.
Dog teams will pass through six Western Alaska villages. The winner is expected across the finish line on Saturday.