The two-time champion was the first to leave Galena early Thursday and arrived in Huslia more than 80 miles up the trail at 8:18 p.m.
As Iditarod 2017 approaches its halfway point, mushers’ individual plans for 8- and 24-hour breaks are spreading teams across hundreds of miles of trail.
Wade Marrs led two past Iditarod champions into Ruby last night. 350 miles into the trail, racing is underway as teams plot their next moves along the Yukon River.
A worthy advantage or a “lame rule”? Iditarod mushers aren’t all of the same mind regarding the decision allowing two-way communication devices, like cellphones, on the trail.
In Fairbanks, 72 mushers hit the trail today, marking the start of competitive racing in Iditarod 45. The temperatures are expected to be frigid, the snow cover thick.
The countdown is on for the start of the 2017 Iditarod Sled-dog race on March 4th.
Sign-ups for the next year’s Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race began Saturday. 40 veterans and 12 rookies are on the list so far to compete in 2017.
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.