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Iditarod News (2010)

Lance Mackey First into Unalakleet

Three-time Iditarod champion Lance Mackey says “you gotta be willing to gamble,” and at least for the time being, his bold moves are paying off. Mackey mushed his team from Nulato to Unalakleet in one, virtually unbroken run, stopping for just 7 minutes in Kaltag on Saturday afternoon and, in the process, overtaking Jeff King…

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Judy Currier Scratches

Judy Currier has scratched. According to Iditarod’s official Eye on the Trail blog, Currier exited Iditarod 38 in the Galena checkpoint at 10:30am Sunday. The Fairbanks musher had 11 dogs remaining in her team, and her departure from the race was related to a personal injury. Iditarod’s Eye says that Currier had “injured her back…

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Three Teams Scratch: Savidis, Redington, Palfrey

Three more teams have scratched from Iditarod 2010. Rookie Justin Savidis officially scratched at the McGrath checkpoint at 6:15pm Friday afternoon, according to Iditarod’s official Eye on the Trail blog. Savidis had been forced to remain in McGrath for several days after he lost one of his sled dogs, Whitey, during his team’s run from…

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Tom Thurston Scratches

Musher Tom Thurston has scratched from Iditarod 38. Thurston exited the race on Friday morning with 9 dogs. According to Iditarod’s official Eye on the Trail blog, he “cited his team’s performance as the main factor” in ending his run. Thurston planned to mush his dogs back to the McGrath checkpoint so that they could be taken to…

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Leaders (and a Big Prize) in Ruby

Jeff King still has a long trail before the finish line in Nome, but he’s already won something in Iditarod 2010. The four-time Iditarod champ was the first musher into Ruby – making an exceptionally quick run from the Cripple checkpoint – and waiting for him was a seven-course meal and a large cash prize.…

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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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Two Teams Scratch: Fiedler and Ramstead

Two more mushers have scratched from Iditarod 38; both are veterans of the race. Linwood Fiedler scratched at the McGrath checkpoint at 8:24am Thursday morning. Fiedler had 11 dogs and, according to Iditarod headquarters, “made the decision based on the best interest of his team.” Karen Ramstead also scratched in McGrath, at 8pm Thursday night.…

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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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Hospitality in Takotna: Jan Newton

The pie is good in Takotna, Alaska. Very good. The food is free, and the hospitality is legendary. And – oh, right – it’s an Iditarod checkpoint, too. Jan Newton has been in Takotna since 1972 – a year before the Iditarod Sled Dog Race began – and she’s seen a lot pass through her…

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Kathleen Frederick Scratches

Musher Kathleen Frederick has scratched. Frederick is the second rookie musher – and the sixth musher overall – to exit Iditarod 38. According to Iditarod’s Eye on the Trail blog, Frederick scratched at 9:50am Wednesday morning at the Rohn checkpoint. She had 14 dogs on her team and left the race “due to equipment and…

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