In 2016, Martin Buser had his worst-placing Iditarod in his career, and was troubled by injuries both to his son and himself. But in 2017, things are looking up.
Nicolas Petit says the bitter cold of Alaska’s interior could work to his advantage in keeping an early lead. But others are ready for overnight temperatures warmer than –40°.
A worthy advantage or a “lame rule”? Iditarod mushers aren’t all of the same mind regarding the decision allowing two-way communication devices, like cellphones, on the trail.
Mushers made good time running to Nenana on Monday afternoon, despite soft snow on the Iditarod trail’s alternate route from Fairbanks.
In Fairbanks, 72 mushers hit the trail today, marking the start of competitive racing in Iditarod 45. The temperatures are expected to be frigid, the snow cover thick.
The grandson of an Iditarod founder will be the first musher to hit the 2017 trail on Monday morning, leading a pack of 72 competitors from Fairbanks to Nome.
2016 winners Tyler Aklestad and Tyson Johnson of team #8 are currently holding onto first position as they head back on the trail to the finish line in Fairbanks.
Before the restart Thursday morning at 8am, Iron Dog racers in Nome have on-the-clock repair and “wrenching” time — and a chance to eat and rest.
Photos of the first two Iron Dog 2017 teams to arrive in Nome on Tuesday afternoon: Minnick/Olstad and Aklestad/Johnson.
Friday night, 20 teams will depart from the Kuskokwim 300 starting line in Bethel, vying for the champion’s share of the largest K-300 purse to date: $150,000 in total.