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Feature Interviews (2012)

Dallas Seavey: “Eye on the Big Goal”

To call Dallas Seavey confident may be an understatement. “I appear to be the fastest team in the very front part of the race right now,” the 25-year-old musher from Willow, Alaska told KNOM’s Laureli Kinneen on Sunday. “Everything’s going really well.” Seavey’s split times paint a similar picture. Although Dallas Seavey was 51 minutes…

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In Unalakleet, Zirkle Takes Home Gold After a “Grinding” Run

Aliy Zirkle came into the Unalakleet checkpoint at daybreak on a very cold Sunday morning, with frost hanging from her neck warmer, eyelashes and eyebrows. The Two Rivers, Alaska musher was first to Unalakleet, the first checkpoint on the Norton Sound coast (which the Iditarod trail follows all the way to the finish line in…

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In Kaltag: Zirkle and Baker

Aliy Zirkle pulled into Kaltag in first position Saturday morning. She was in good spirits but said both she and her dogs were in need of rest – not least because of some involuntary naps along the trail. Zirkle’s dogs were also facing an issue with hair loss on their feet, related to moisture buildup…

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Kaiser: “However we place, we’ll place”

For a musher with a sled dog championship in his immediate past, Pete Kaiser’s outlook in Iditarod 2012 may seem modest: “however we place, that’s how we’ll place,” the Bethel musher says, adding that he wants to “try to get to Nome as fast we can safely get there.” Kaiser was the champion of the…

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An Insider, Reporting from the Sidelines: Sebastian Schnuelle in Ruby

Former Iditarod musher Sebastian Schnuelle isn’t mushing a sled dog team in 2012, but that doesn’t mean he’s staying off the trail. Following the trailbreakers and the mushers on his snowmachine – and reporting as an “armchair musher” for the Anchorage Daily News – Schnuelle brings a deep insight into the strategies of Iditarod mushers…

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The King Mantra

Jeff King has an suggestion for future runnings of the Iditarod: schedule the race around the lunar calendar, so mushers can enjoy a full moon while on the trail. In his interview with Laureli Kinneen in the checkpoint of Ruby, the former Iditarod champion was full of praise for the gorgeous moon of the night…

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Burmeister, in Ruby, Having “a Great Run”

“Today, things are looking really good,” Aaron Burmeister told KNOM’s Laureli Kinneen on Friday. With an eye to the Iditarod championship, the Nome-born musher says “(we) have a good shot at it.” In our interview in the Ruby checkpoint, Burmeister talked about the state of his dogs, as well as the challenges of making a…

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Zirkle Makes a Move

It took Aliy Zirkle six hours and 49 minutes to reach Galena Friday afternoon after leaving Ruby with a fresh-looking dog team. She is the only contender who breezed through Ruby to take her eight-hour layover further down the Yukon. Reigning champion John Baker of Kotzebue said that Zirkle’s move may become the norm in…

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Seavey, in Cripple: “I’m out here to win”

“This is a special team,” Mitch Seavey says of his 2012 sled dogs, and he’s got the split times to prove it. Seavey was second into the Cripple checkpoint, arriving 2:16pm Thursday afternoon. (Jim Lanier arrived there first, winning a first-to-Cripple prize of $3,000.) Seavey, however, arrived in Cripple first among the mushers who’d completed…

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