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.
“I’d like to win,” Aliy Zirkle says. “Whether that’s possible with this team or not, I don’t know, but I will know farther out the trail.”
Mushers from Nome, Aniak, Bethel, and Akiak are among the more than 60 sign-ups for the 2016 Iditarod.
A dispute over a dog kennel’s levels of noise (and smell) is testing where a musher’s right to raise sled dogs ends — and where a neighbor’s right to peace and quiet begins.
In Iditarod 2015, Mitch Seavey was second to arrive under Nome’s Burled Arch.
Aliy Zirkle led Iditarod 2015 out of Koyukuk late Saturday morning, followed into the evening by Aaron Burmeister, Jeff King, Jessie Royer, and Dallas and Mitch Seavey. These frontrunners jockeyed for lead on the 154 mile run to the coast.
The race leaders are on their way to the coast. KNOM’s Matthew Smith caught a few top 10 (and champion) contenders in Koyukuk Saturday.
In photos: the 119 mile trail run from Tanana to Ruby, and along the way, an oasis: the Kokrine Bible Camp.
On the Yukon this week, some of Iditarod’s top competitors were striving to keep competitive by keeping the focus on dog care.
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.