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Feature Interviews (2010)

In Takotna: Ruth, from Germany

The Iditarod Sled Dog Race truly is an international event. Mushers have come from Norway, Canada, and, this year, from Jamaica, and in the Takotna checkpoint, one volunteer veterinarian has come all the way from Germany to share her skills. Her name is Ruth, and she talked with our trail reporter Laureli about her experiences…

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Overheard on the Trail

What does it sound like on the trail? Earlier this week, when our race reporter Laureli was in Takotna, she grabbed a few sounds from the popular 24-hour-layover site. Laureli was a “fly on the wall” for a conversation between mushers DeeDee Jonrowe and William “Middie” Johnson. They talked about “keeping it simple” on the…

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In Takotna: Allen Moore

Veteran musher Allen Moore has already seen a lot in Iditarod 38, including a wide variety of trail conditions and even a runaway dog team. Moore shared his thoughts on the race thus far with our on-the-trail reporter, Laureli. He talked about how his previous Iditarod experience has shaped his outlook on this year’s race,…

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In Takotna: Western Alaskan Rookies

For Kotzebue’s Quinn Iten and Unalakleet’s William “Middie” Johnson, the 24-hour layover in Takotna was a good break. Both men are rookies, and their first stay in the checkpoint included “all the food I could eat and all the sleep I could want” (Iten) and a chance to “share Native food” and “make new friends”…

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In Takotna: Mitch Seavey

We caught up with Mitch Seavey during his 24-hour layover in Takotna. The former Iditarod champ talked about what happens during the layover (“eat, sleep, feed the dogs…”), what makes Takotna a special place to rest, and his competitive outlook for this year’s race: http://www.knom.org/wp-audio/2010/03/iditarod-2010/03_11_1130_takotna_mitchseavey.mp3 As of 5:41pm Thursday, Mitch Seavey is in 9th position;…

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In Takotna: DeeDee Jonrowe

Veteran Iditarod musher DeeDee Jonrowe was grateful to take her 24-hour layover in Takotna. Both she and her dog team were ready for a rest: especially given the patches of rough trail they’ve encountered thus far. Jonrowe spent some time in Takotna with our race reporter Laureli; she reflected on managing her dogs on the…

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In Takotna: Aaron Burmeister (with talk of John Baker)

Through late Wednesday evening, John Baker’s progress on the trail had many Iditarod observers scratching their heads. For much of Wednesday, the Kotzebue musher had held a sizable lead. He had spent only about 6 hours in Takotna – bucking the trend of taking a 24-hour layover there – and then blew through Ophir, resting…

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In Takotna: Jeff King

Jeff King pulled into the Takotna checkpoint first. He’d like to do the same at the finish line in Nome, but for the time being, he’s taking it “one day at a time” and even “one mile at a time.” Laureli, our reporter on the trail, caught up with King in Takotna during his 24-hour…

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In Takotna: Hugh Neff

Takotna, as Hugh Neff describes it, is a sort of “mushing nirvana.” The veteran musher says he almost pushed on to Ophir for his 24-hour layover, but he couldn’t resist Takotna’s advantages: both for humans and for dogs. (Neff wasn’t alone. As of late Wednesday night, several dozen mushers were taking their 24-hour layovers there.)…

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In Takotna: Rick Swenson and Kristy Berington

Where – and when – an Iditarod musher rests his or her team can be decisive, and the consequences of a specific run/rest strategy can be difficult to predict. As longtime race veteran Rick Swenson describes, “it’s all a gamble.” All mushers must take a 24-hour layover during their run on the trail, and in…

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