In Unalakleet, mushers were hoping to hop, skip, and leap-frog their teams toward the top ten. “It’s gonna be a crowded party at White Mountain,” Kelly Maixner says. “I’d better go get there.”
24 hours after the Iditarod restart in Willow, mushers Kelly Maixner and Travis Beals both reported some early-race hiccups — but nothing they couldn’t overcome.
Kelly Maixner and Bethel’s Pete Kaiser battled for their Iditarod finish in a pack of 5 mushers crossing under the Burled Arch within an hour of each other early Thursday morning.
Maixner is swapping out sleds and getting ready to run with his team. “If there’s a leader, they’re ready to go. They trust in the person leading the pack as well as trusting in me, I guess,” said Maixner.
photos by Laureli Kinneen Rounding out tonight, here are photos from Takotna, from which KNOM trail reporter Laureli Kinneen departed this afternoon.