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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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King: “For the most part, it’s just been great”

When Jeff King says “it’s nice to be here,” one imagines the veteran musher is talking about more than just a checkpoint. Sure, King sings the praises of Nikolai – its “nice temperatures, nice people, good food” – but the former Iditarod champion also seems excited to have returned to the race from which he…

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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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For First Teams to Rainy Pass, Trail Not So Bad

2012 Yukon Quest Champion Hugh Neff was the first to arrive and leave Rainy Pass today. Before the race, mushers heard the trail through the pass was rough due to all the snow that’s fallen this winter. The early frontrunners say the trail was surprisingly well set. That all can change with the weather advisory…

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Iditarod 40: Western AK Mushers

Reigning champion John Baker is the first Inupiaq champion in the history of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. Last year, he won in record time of 8 days, 18 hours, 46 minutes and 39 seconds and says his dogs appear faster this season: When asked which mushers Baker is concerned about, he did not mention four-time…

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