In the 2016 running of the Kobuk 440, rookies Jason Mackey, John Vanderwall and Damon Tedford are hitting the trail with dogs, and advice, from well-known race veterans.
In Iditarod 44, a combination of high-quality dog care, mental toughness, and resiliency brought many mushers to Nome in record times.
On Tuesday, Dallas Seavey and his dogs came running down Front Street to win Iditarod 44 — and set a new race record. Less than an hour later, his father finished second.
“Unless there’s a big earthquake, one of us is going to win,” Mitch Seavey predicted about himself and his son, Dallas, during his layover in White Mountain.
It’s become a close race between Brent Sass and Mitch and Dallas Seavey, as the three jockey for position and scramble through the final checkpoints of Iditarod 44.
A Sunday-night sampler of images from Nulato to Unalakleet to Koyuk along the Iditarod Trail.
Unalakleet was buzzing overnight as Iditarod mushers and their dog teams arrived on the Bering Sea Coast. Their sense of urgency was palpable.
In 2016, some of Iditarod’s competitors have pushed the pace early — especially before taking their 24-hour layovers.
Mushers give themselves options for where to take their 24-hour layovers. Jeff King is breaking from the pack by intending to 24 in Ruby, where, he says, a mimosa will be waiting.
The majority of Iditarod mushers who arrived first into McGrath didn’t stay long, but some of their decisions earlier in the race might offer clues about their race plans.