Among the special awards at the Sunday banquet were two given to Jessie Royer: the Leonhard Seppala Humanitarian Award and the Most Inspirational Musher Award.
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.
A diverse roster of competitors from around the world will be kicking off the 34th annual Yukon Quest — from Whitehorse, Yukon Territory to Fairbanks — on February 4th.
“At least I don’t have a fever,” Allen Moore says. “One year, I had a 104º fever. That was bad.”
The race’s roster includes 11 rookies and 14 veteran mushers, including defending champion Brent Sass of Eureka.
Familiar faces signed up for the coming race include 2015 champion Brent Sass, as well as second-place finisher—and multiple Quest champion—Allen Moore.
A large crowd of fans lining Front Street cheered Aliy into the chute and to her 15th Iditarod finish midday Wednesday.
Dee Dee Jonrowe, Allen Moore, and rookie Becca Moore talk the race reroute and what they see in their teams for Iditarod 2015.
Out of Fairbanks, through Nenana, and on to Manley Hot Springs before a long stretch of running on the river — that was the first day of this year’s Iditarod.
Nome musher Rolland Trowbridge and Iditarod veteran Ray Redington, Jr. will be among the rookies running the 2015 Yukon Quest from Whitehorse to Fairbanks.