Quam dedicated the win to his family after a year of personal loss; Faeo becomes Iron Dog’s first second-generation champ after seven 1st-place wins by father John Faeo.
Team 20 rode into Nome around 6:20 p.m. Tuesday. In Faeo and Quam’s final miles to town, their speeds increased as temperatures cooled over the sea ice.
Racers from Nome, McGrath, Kotzebue, Bethel, and Galena are part of the field of 37 teams racing this year’s Iron Dog.
Despite temperatures dipping to -45°F along the Yukon Quest trail, for Nome musher Rolland Trowbridge, it was “heat” that did his team in.
Officials cite trail conditions, logistics, and “changes to racer needs” as reasons for the cancelation.
Kaiser is the first Bethel musher to win the race in 29 years.
Twenty-five mushers will take off from Bethel over a fast, icy trail to Aniak and back Friday night in the 36th annual running of the Kuskokwim 300.
In all, an extra $50,000 will be spread among the race’s top five finishers.
The NS450, which has been significantly shortened and even canceled the past two years due to poor weather, is gearing up to run a full race along the Norton Sound coast in 2015.
Today was the day. The day I returned all the Iditarod books and documentaries that have been keeping us busy for the past three weeks. We…