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Feature Interviews (2013)

Bustle under the arch tonight!

Excitement is palpable on Nome’s Front Street as we await the arrival of the 2013 Iditarod Champion. Race leader Mitch Seavey checked out of the final Safety checkpoint at 7:37pm, closely f0llowed by Aliy Zirkle at 8:02pm. An average run time from Safety to the finish in Nome can be between 2.5 and 3+ hours.…

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King and Jonrowe, from White Mountain

The end of Iditarod 2013 is near. While in White Mountain, mushers are looking back at this year’s race and planning their final run into Nome. Jeff King tells KNOM about his run through Koyuk, and explains his extra rest along the trail from Koyuk to Elim, which cost him his lead on Mitch Seavey. After…

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Ulsom’s prediction: “it’s going to be a race”

With Nome just 77 miles away, Iditarod 2013’s top rookie is eager to bring it on home. “I’m very excited,” Norway’s Joar Leifseth Ulsom says. “I had so much fun in this race.” For Ulsom, the final stretch of the trail may present its own challenges, especially with fellow mushers Nicolas Petit and Jake Berkowitz…

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Burmeister in White Mountain: proud of his team

Nome’s Aaron Burmeister pulled into White Mountain this morning, after a “beautiful run” from Elim, with northern lights and shooting stars blazing the sky. He talked with KNOM about his race, the unfortunate sickness that struck his team, and their plan for the finish: “I’m just going to soak it all up and enjoy it,…

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Berkowitz, in White Mountain, keeping the focus on dog care

In White Mountain on Tuesday morning, Jake Berkowitz had ample reasons to feel upbeat. With easily the largest team in Iditarod’s top competitors – 15 dogs, compared to the 10 dogs of both Mitch Seavey and Aliy Zirkle – Berkowitz emphasized his insistence upon looking after his team, even in the final hours of the…

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Berkowitz and 15 dogs in Koyuk

Big Lake’s Jake Berkowitz is one of a handful of mushers driving 15 or more dogs at this point in the race. 15 dogs means taking the time to change a lot of dog booties. But Jake says it’s worth it. His goal is to make it to Nome with as many happy and healthy…

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From Koyuk, Aliy Zirkle

Leaders are surging forward in the 2013 Iditarod. Currently in third position, Aliy Zirkle is fighting to keep her name in the game as the race hugs the coast into Nome. She started racing a bit on the run from Shaktoolik to Koyuk, jockeying positions with Aaron Burmeister and Ray Redington, Jr. But then, she says,…

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In Unalakleet: Kaiser & Buser regrouping

Iditarod can bring many unexpected challenges: weather, trail conditions, health issues with dogs, just to name a few. All these things affect mushers along the trail in different ways. After pushing themselves with big ambitions early in the race, Pete Kaiser and Martin Buser are looking to regroup in Unalakleet. Reformulating their plans, they’re focusing…

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King, in Unalakleet, on the “art” of his dogs’ speed

Taking in a late breakfast in Unalakleet on Sunday afternoon – sourdough pancakes with blueberry sauce – Jeff King had eating on his mind: not for himself, mind you, but for his dogs. “Right now, I think that they don’t need rest, they just need food, and to be driven, encouraged to go the correct…

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