Aliy Zirkle led Iditarod 2015 out of Koyukuk late Saturday morning, followed into the evening by Aaron Burmeister, Jeff King, Jessie Royer, and Dallas and Mitch Seavey. These frontrunners jockeyed for lead on the 154 mile run to the coast.
Burmeister, first into Unalakleet, is comfortable on the coast. “I felt right at home when the wind started blowing,” said the Nome musher. According to Race Marshall Mark Nordman, mushers should arrive Tuesday.
Stepping into Huslia was like “stepping back in time” for veteran musher Dee Dee Jonrowe.
What was it like during the first ever Iditarod sled dog race in 1973? Howard Farley talks mushing, volunteerism and the Iditarod legacy.
“I had a big master plan to go almost nonstop,” says Anderson. But his plan—and his sled—had to adapt to meet his team’s needs on this new and unpredictable trail.
The brothers have been traveling as a duo since Tanana, where Lance Mackey’s hands first gave him trouble in the sub-zero temperatures. But Jason Mackey says he isn’t doing his brother any favors — he’s just lucky to be learning from an Iditarod legend.
“I hope that we’re always a threat in this race,” says Dallas Seavey. “We’re not always gonna win it, but we’re always gonna be a threat.”
Resting in Galena, Ray Redington, Jr. and Jessie Royer reflect on their races in light of the warmer preparation each team had this season.
Under clear, cold skies, the Nome-Golovin Snowmachine Race brought out a sizable crowd of spectators — and competitors — to the sea ice at Nome’s southern shoreline.
Full standings for today’s race are now available. Congratulations to Andrew Harrelson: the champion of Nome-Golovin 2015 and this year’s fastest rookie.