There are few certainties in the Iditarod — even in the eleventh hour — but it’s probable we’ll see a championship finish in Nome around 4am Wednesday morning.
Aaron Burmeister may have been the first musher to the coast, but Dallas Seavey is now in front on the way to Nome.
Aliy Zirkle led Iditarod 2015 out of Koyukuk late Saturday morning, followed into the evening by Aaron Burmeister, Jeff King, Jessie Royer, and Dallas and Mitch Seavey. These frontrunners jockeyed for lead on the 154 mile run to the coast.
Burmeister, first into Unalakleet, is comfortable on the coast. “I felt right at home when the wind started blowing,” said the Nome musher. According to Race Marshall Mark Nordman, mushers should arrive Tuesday.
“I hope that we’re always a threat in this race,” says Dallas Seavey. “We’re not always gonna win it, but we’re always gonna be a threat.”
On the Yukon this week, some of Iditarod’s top competitors were striving to keep competitive by keeping the focus on dog care.
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.
In all, an extra $50,000 will be spread among the race’s top five finishers.
Defending Iditarod champion Dallas Seavey leads a roster of familiar faces as the first mushers for Iditarod 43 register.
As part of our April 2014 newsletter, take a look back at an incredible, exceptional Iditarod: both for our radio mission and for the Last Great Race itself.