The Iditarod Trail Committee made the announcement yesterday, September 26th, citing health reasons for Mackey’s decision.
Sign-ups for the next year’s Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race began Saturday. 40 veterans and 12 rookies are on the list so far to compete in 2017.
Hansen won the race after one day, eight hours, and five minutes on the trail. That’s about five hours faster than second-place finisher, Diana Haecker of Nome.
The Nome-Council 200 begins Saturday at 10 a.m. Challenging Nome’s Diana Haecker and Stephanie Johnson is Paul Hansen of Kotzebue.
Champion Dallas Seavey also earned top honors, taking home $75,000 and a new truck for his first-place finish.
Norway’s Joar Leifseth Ulsom led the large contingent of Scandinavian mushers into Nome on Tuesday, finishing in 6th place.
The 44th Iditarod starts on Saturday in downtown Anchorage; competitive racing begins at the Sunday restart in Willow.
The Iron Dog is twice as long, but the number of volunteers and the time racers spend in Nome pale in comparison to the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.
The low-pressure storm system southwest of Saint Lawrence Island is not unusual for this time of year, but it is hitting Nome the hardest.
Nome’s City Council passed skeletal legislation for the sale of commercial marijuana within city limits.