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As Iditarod Has Changed, So Has Its Relationship With Its Native Roots, Mushers Say

Man in black baseball hat and black puffy jacket standing on a busy Anchorage street.

Longtime Bethel musher Pete Kaiser surmises it’s become more difficult for some in smaller, rural communities to manage an Iditarod-caliber team. “It’s really not a hobby or anything else, it’s a lifestyle, and it requires my time 365 days a year. And when you have other things going on like family and kids, you kind of need a job to support this job. It gets very complicated.”

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A warm welcome for Mike Williams, Jr., 11th place in Iditarod 42

Mike Williams, Jr. at the finish line

With his sister standing beside him under the Burled Arch – and boisterous race fans literally singing and dancing by the race chute – musher Mike Williams, Jr. had ample sources of support and congratulation upon his arrival into Nome in the wee hours of Wednesday morning. The Kuskokwim-area musher (Williams is from Akiak, Alaska)…

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At race’s start, rural Alaskans eye the trail ahead

Late last week, in Anchorage, Iditarod rookie Richie Diehl – an up-and-comer from Aniak, Alaska – admitted that his mood was finally turning from anxiety to, just maybe, a bit of excitement. He wasn’t the only one. Despite the myriad challenges that every Iditarod musher faces before hitting the trail, hometown mushers from rural Alaska…

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