“9th place in under 9 days? It’s crazy,” Pete Kaiser commented on Wednesday. The fast finishes of Iditarod 2017 are a sign of an “evolving” race, the Bethel musher said.
Poor trail conditions on a lengthy stretch of the Iditarod route may be giving a boost to mushers at the top of the pack.
At this point in the Iditarod, rest becomes a strategic calculation: both for the energy involved and the potential plans it discloses to other competitors.
Because of sick dogs, Iditarod veteran Aliy Zirkle has had to upend her race plans and declare a 24-hour rest in Galena, rather than in her intended checkpoint of Huslia.
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.
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 countdown is on for the start of the 2017 Iditarod Sled-dog race on March 4th.
Sign-ups for the next year’s Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race began Saturday. 40 veterans and 12 rookies are on the list so far to compete in 2017.
In Iditarod 44, a combination of high-quality dog care, mental toughness, and resiliency brought many mushers to Nome in record times.
Champion Dallas Seavey also earned top honors, taking home $75,000 and a new truck for his first-place finish.