Buser was “worried” in Unalakleet that a “deep bone bruise” on his leg, from a fall earlier on the trail, would impact his ability to continue in the Iditarod; nonetheless, he said he was determined to mush to Nome.
For many Iditarod rookies, “all that really matters” is “to get to the end.” For Tom Jamgochian, the burled arch is still “a million miles away.”
Mushers from Nome, Aniak, Bethel, and Akiak are among the more than 60 sign-ups for the 2016 Iditarod.
Martin Buser finished his 32nd Iditarod Thursday morning, pulling under the Burled Arch to a cheering crowd of friends and family.
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.”
In photos: Looking back at Manley Hot Springs, and the trail into Tanana, mushers enjoyed some sunshine, offering a small respite from cold temperatures.
Despite a grueling run down the Yukon, Ruby was just a pit stop for most mushers. Iditarod teams pressed on to Galena or even to Huslia, where Aaron Burmeister arrived first.
2015 Yukon Quest champ Brent Sass is disqualified for having a two-way communication device, as top mushers in Iditarod 2015 reach the Yukon River.
Kaiser is the first Bethel musher to win the race in 29 years.
Twenty-five mushers will take off from Bethel over a fast, icy trail to Aniak and back Friday night in the 36th annual running of the Kuskokwim 300.