Mushers give themselves options for where to take their 24-hour layovers. Jeff King is breaking from the pack by intending to 24 in Ruby, where, he says, a mimosa will be waiting.
Not many Iditarod mushers have spent much rest time in McGrath this year; but not everyone took off immediately, either.
It’s a “turning point in the race,” Dallas Seavey says, as mushers adjust their schedules and begin to take their mandatory, 24-hour layovers.
“These first couple days have been unpleasant, to say the least,” Dallas Seavey described in Nikolai.
“At least I don’t have a fever,” Allen Moore says. “One year, I had a 104º fever. That was bad.”
The 44th Iditarod starts on Saturday in downtown Anchorage; competitive racing begins at the Sunday restart in Willow.
Mushers from Nome, Aniak, Bethel, and Akiak are among the more than 60 sign-ups for the 2016 Iditarod.
From halfway awards to best dog care to rookie of the year, the annual banquet that closes the Iditarod allowed mushers to tell stories about their own Last Great Race.
In Iditarod 2015, Mitch Seavey was second to arrive under Nome’s Burled Arch.
Relive the championship finish of the Last Great Race — Dallas Seavey’s third Iditarod win — in images and excerpts from KNOM’s live, finish-line radio broadcast on Wednesday.