Mitch Seavey’s speed continues to exceed expectations. With Seavey out of the Safety checkpoint at 1:10pm Tuesday, an arrival in Nome as early as 3:30–4:00pm is now possible.
Competitive jockeying is happening up and down the Iditarod leaderboard as mushers begin to traverse the Norton Sound coast.
Iditarod teams have left the Yukon and reached the Bering Sea coast. Mushers are shedding equipment, dropping slow dogs, and looking to make a move in the final 300 miles.
Smoke, a sled dog from the team of Iditarod musher Scott Smith, died Friday while being transported by the Iditarod Trail Committee. In Kaltag, Smith reflected on the incident.
Necropsy results for an Iditarod dog that died Friday while flying to Anchorage indicate it died from overheating. The ITC says it is working on changes to prevent similar incidents in the future.
The Iditarod is honoring a late longtime race volunteer from Kaltag — Austin Esmailka, Sr. — with the Herbie Nayokpuk Spirit of the Iditarod Award.
Poor trail conditions on a lengthy stretch of the Iditarod route may be giving a boost to mushers at the top of the pack.
Mitch Seavey was first to Kaltag Saturday night. He has a strong position for now but knows it’s still a long way to Nome — especially with his son close on his heels.
James (“Trey”) West III is the 2017 champion of the Nome-Golovin Snowmachine Race, a 200-mile, round-trip sprint from Nome to Golovin and back.
Images from the fast-paced start of the 2017 Nome-Golovin Snowmachine Race.