The Nome-Council 200 begins Saturday at 10 a.m. Challenging Nome’s Diana Haecker and Stephanie Johnson is Paul Hansen of Kotzebue.
In Iditarod 44, a combination of high-quality dog care, mental toughness, and resiliency brought many mushers to Nome in record times.
Champion Dallas Seavey also earned top honors, taking home $75,000 and a new truck for his first-place finish.
Thursday night into early Friday morning, Iditarod mushers Melissa Owens Stewart and Tom Jamgochian finished their races — and, in so doing, came home.
When a dog team passes under the Burled Arch at the end of the Iditarod, the work does not end. The team is then escorted to the official dog lot where their next task begins, recuperation.
For multiple pairs of Iditarod teams — Wade Marrs and Pete Kaiser, and Scott Smith and Noah Burmeister — the most competitive stretch of trail came down to the final mile.
Norway’s Joar Leifseth Ulsom led the large contingent of Scandinavian mushers into Nome on Tuesday, finishing in 6th place.
Wade Marrs and Pete Kaiser make a race for the burled arch, finishing in 4th and 5th.
Pushing through a harrowing incident along the Yukon, Aliy Zirkle persevered to her fifth top-five finish in the last five years.
Sass had his dogs ready to go right as his 8-hour rest ended in White Mountain. But they wouldn’t budge.