Kobuk 440 race coordinator Carmen Daggett says the first teams are expected to cross the finish line in Kotzebue sometime late Sunday or early Monday.
The flat, consistent, “treadmill”-like trail conditions of Iditarod’s alternate route in 2017 may have contributed to the relatively low number of dropped dogs — so far.
As Iditarod 2017 approaches its halfway point, mushers’ individual plans for 8- and 24-hour breaks are spreading teams across hundreds of miles of trail.
In Fairbanks, 72 mushers hit the trail today, marking the start of competitive racing in Iditarod 45. The temperatures are expected to be frigid, the snow cover thick.
The race from Bethel to Aniak and back starts at 6:30pm on January 20th.
The Alaska Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2017 was announced on Wednesday, December 14th. Joining NYO competitor Nicole Johnston are Iditarod champions Martin Buser and Jeff King, as well as Vern Tejas, the first solo climber to finish a winter ascent of Denali.
The countdown is on for the start of the 2017 Iditarod Sled-dog race on March 4th.
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.
Champion Dallas Seavey also earned top honors, taking home $75,000 and a new truck for his first-place finish.
On Saturday, Zirkle did not want to talk about her recent collision with a snowmachine. She says she wants to focus on maintaining a positive attitude for her dogs.