We caught up with Brent Sass at a remote shelter cabin along the trail between Kaltag and Unalakleet as the dogs rested in a midday sun Saturday.
On Saturday, Zirkle did not want to talk about her recent collision with a snowmachine. She says she wants to focus on maintaining a positive attitude for her dogs.
After the shock of the snowmachine collision that injured one of her sled dogs — and killed one of Jeff King’s — Aliy Zirkle, still shaken, was greeted warmly in the Kaltag checkpoint on Saturday.
Trey West of Nome was the overall champion of the 2016 Nome-Golovin Snowmachine Race. Get full race results and explore our photos.
Before the 2016 Nome-Golovin, meet a few of the race competitors with our pre-race interviews and photo gallery.
Early Saturday morning, while on their way towards the Nulato checkpoint, the sled dog teams of Aliy Zirkle and Jeff King collided with a snowmachiner.
On Friday, some Iditarod mushers chose to push their teams before taking the mandatory break on the Yukon River.
The 2016 Nome-Golovin Snowmachine Race starts Saturday at noon on Nome’s East Beach.
On Thursday, 1975 Iditarod champion Emmitt Peters was in Ruby to greet Jeff King and his dog team when they arrived first at the Yukon River.
“I’m about playing by the rules. If it’s in the rulebook and I did it, then it’s pretty cut and dry. We don’t read the whole rule book and memorize it.”