On the Yukon this week, some of Iditarod’s top competitors were striving to keep competitive by keeping the focus on dog care.
In photos: Looking back at Manley Hot Springs, and the trail into Tanana, mushers enjoyed some sunshine, offering a small respite from cold temperatures.
Despite a grueling run down the Yukon, Ruby was just a pit stop for most mushers. Iditarod teams pressed on to Galena or even to Huslia, where Aaron Burmeister arrived first.
Abandoned rail cars, still-active freight trains, and a slow sunset over the frozen river: frigid Nenana was a beautiful setting for its many canine and human visitors this week.
A look at Western Alaska’s John Baker and Pete Kaiser midday Wednesday from the trail between Tanana and Ruby.
Mushers Curt Perano of New Zealand and Mats Pettersson of Sweden stop for a snack along the Yukon trail. “Beautiful meeting here [at Kokrine Bible Camp]… A memory for life, I think,” said Pettersson.
For Rick Casillo and Al Eischens, mushing the Iditarod is more than just trying to win. For each, an important goal drives their race and inspires their team.
The mighty Yukon took center stage in the Iditarod Wednesday, as mushers tackled the longest single run of the race — more than 120 miles down the iconic Alaska river.
Explore our image gallery from Fairbanks, the site of this year’s atypical restart for Iditarod 2015.
2015 Yukon Quest champ Brent Sass is disqualified for having a two-way communication device, as top mushers in Iditarod 2015 reach the Yukon River.