“Iditarod is everything,” says Jenn. “It is all-consuming, life-giving, spirit-rejuvenating insanity…and I only wish it could last forever.”
Watch three videos of Lance and Jason Mackey discussing dog deaths, saving another musher’s team, and if they have another 1,000-mile race left.
From halfway awards to best dog care to rookie of the year, the annual banquet that closes the Iditarod allowed mushers to tell stories about their own Last Great Race.
Kelly Maixner and Bethel’s Pete Kaiser battled for their Iditarod finish in a pack of 5 mushers crossing under the Burled Arch within an hour of each other early Thursday morning.
Martin Buser finished his 32nd Iditarod Thursday morning, pulling under the Burled Arch to a cheering crowd of friends and family.
Kotzebue’s John Baker and Aniak’s Richie Diehl make a good showing for Western Alaska in Iditarod 43 — finishing 21st and 23rd, respectively.
Wade Marrs, in his best Iditarod finish yet — 8th place — also sets the 2015 pace for the fastest Safety-to-Nome run, at 2 hours and 30 minutes.
Ken Anderson and Nicolas Petit round out the top 10 finishers for Iditarod 43, in 9th and 10th respectively.
At the Nome finish line on Wednesday, Jeff King waxed nostalgic, full of stories, about a very memorable Iditarod this year. But he was also ready for rest.
Joar Leifseth Ulsom, who finished Iditarod 43 in 6th place on Wednesday, had relatively few words to describe his 2015 run — but the words he did say were positive ones.