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.”
“It’s always good to get to the Yukon,” Iditarod musher Brent Sass says.
Halfway to Nome, the real racing has begun.
Not only was Jeff King’s the first Iditarod team to arrive in Ruby, but his is also, at this point, the only team to travel as far without taking 24 hours rest.
Spirits in Takotna were high Thursday, with a cluster of well-fed and rested mushers getting set to end their 24-hour layovers.