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Nikolai Roundup: Gebhardt, Berkowitz, Sass, Bailey, & Williams

At mid-week, it’s a time for rest for many of the mushers in Iditarod 40: including five of the competitors KNOM’s Laureli Kinneen interviewed last night in the checkpoint of Nikolai. Judging by their replies, the rest is well-deserved: the trail has presented challenges for both longtime veterans and Iditarod rookies. But, almost unanimously, the…

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On-Air Update: Tuesday, March 6 (5pm)

In Tuesday’s 5pm Iditarod Update, Ric Schmidt and Ben Matheson talk about the close standings of the first mushers to depart the Nikolai checkpoint, as well as the competitors still resting there. Hear our live race update from Tuesday evening:

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In Nikolai, Rick Swenson Seems Right at Home

Rick Swenson knows the Iditarod as perhaps no other living person does. The only five-time winner of the Last Great Race, Swenson has been mushing in Alaska since 1973. Forty years in, Swenson is still determined to be competitive with his peers, whose talent he rates as “awesome.” In his interview in Nikolai with KNOM’s…

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In Nikolai, Baker “a Little Behind”

At the Nikolai checkpoint, John Baker told KNOM that he was “running a little bit behind.” It wasn’t anything major that delayed him – the 2011 Iditarod champ cited “changing booties” and other incidentals – but Baker said he was about 45 minutes behind his target when he pulled into Nikolai Tuesday morning. Baker, however,…

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Nikolai, in Photos

Snapshots of the Nikolai checkpoint; photos by Laureli Kinneen. (A gallery of these photos appears below the slideshow; click on any thumbnail to see the image full size.)

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