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.
The race leaders are on their way to the coast. KNOM’s Matthew Smith caught a few top 10 (and champion) contenders in Koyukuk Saturday.
On his 32nd Iditarod, pulling into Huslia, Martin Buser reassesses his team and his race: “If I make this race so important that I compromise my values, then I’m a loser. That’s what I don’t want to happen.”
“Shocked” to be first into Huslia, Aaron Burmeister basks in the checkpoint’s hospitality. Happy to see his sick team feeling healthy again, he turns his sights to the coast.
In photos: the 119 mile trail run from Tanana to Ruby, and along the way, an oasis: the Kokrine Bible Camp.
In photos: Looking back at Manley Hot Springs, and the trail into Tanana, mushers enjoyed some sunshine, offering a small respite from cold temperatures.
A look at Western Alaska’s John Baker and Pete Kaiser midday Wednesday from the trail between Tanana and Ruby.
Mushers Curt Perano of New Zealand and Mats Pettersson of Sweden stop for a snack along the Yukon trail. “Beautiful meeting here [at Kokrine Bible Camp]… A memory for life, I think,” said Pettersson.
Explore our image gallery from Fairbanks, the site of this year’s atypical restart for Iditarod 2015.