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Photos: a Saturday pivot to the coast

Sonny Lindner arrives into Unalakleet, Saturday evening

From Saturday afternoon through Sunday morning, Iditarod 42’s competitors have been moving from one body of water to another: off of the Yukon River and onto the Norton Sound coast. Yesterday, race leaders were passing through the transitional checkpoints of Kaltag and Unalakleet – Kaltag, the last of the Yukon stopovers (and the last chance…

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Dallas Seavey, in Kaltag, ready to race

Dallas Seavey sled dog, Kaltag

When it comes to the sections of the Iditarod trail that traverse the Yukon River, Dallas Seavey’s two goals, he says, are somewhat contradictory. On the one hand, the 2012 Iditarod champion likes to “charge the dog team” prior to hitting the (Norton Sound) coast. That is, rest and prepare the dogs so that they’re…

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In Kaltag, Aaron Burmeister “hoping we can maintain it”

Aaron Burmeister in Kaltag

Against considerable odds, Aaron Burmeister and his dogs continue to do well in the Last Great Race. The Nome-raised Iditarod musher was fourth into the Kaltag checkpoint early Saturday morning (at 5:26am). In an interview with KNOM’s Laureli Kinneen, Burmeister said that Kaltag is the first checkpoint where it’s really dawned upon him that “we’re…

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Photos: Friday along the Yukon

Mushing along the Yukon

As the bulk of Iditarod 42’s competitors now move through the checkpoints of the Yukon River, there’s a palpable sense that the race – which has, of course, been going on for nearly a week – is finally becoming a real race. With more and more of the lead mushers finishing the mandatory layovers where the…

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