On Tuesday, Dallas Seavey and his dogs came running down Front Street to win Iditarod 44 — and set a new race record. Less than an hour later, his father finished second.
In the early morning hours of Tuesday, March 15, Dallas Seavey won Iditarod 44, claiming his fourth championship.
Buser was “worried” in Unalakleet that a “deep bone bruise” on his leg, from a fall earlier on the trail, would impact his ability to continue in the Iditarod; nonetheless, he said he was determined to mush to Nome.
“Unless there’s a big earthquake, one of us is going to win,” Mitch Seavey predicted about himself and his son, Dallas, during his layover in White Mountain.
In Unalakleet, mushers were hoping to hop, skip, and leap-frog their teams toward the top ten. “It’s gonna be a crowded party at White Mountain,” Kelly Maixner says. “I’d better go get there.”
Aliy Zirkle does not intend to race for first in Iditarod 2016. She, and Wade Marrs, are striving to hold on to their 4th- and 5th-position standings as they mush towards Nome.
It’s become a close race between Brent Sass and Mitch and Dallas Seavey, as the three jockey for position and scramble through the final checkpoints of Iditarod 44.
A Sunday-night sampler of images from Nulato to Unalakleet to Koyuk along the Iditarod Trail.
Unalakleet was buzzing overnight as Iditarod mushers and their dog teams arrived on the Bering Sea Coast. Their sense of urgency was palpable.
Iditarod’s mid-pack racers are struggling, but for different reasons. For some, the difficulty is the race itself, but for others, it’s the challenges inside the lives they’re away from while out on the trail.