Kobuk 440 race coordinator Carmen Daggett says the first teams are expected to cross the finish line in Kotzebue sometime late Sunday or early Monday.
Among the special awards at the Sunday banquet were two given to Jessie Royer: the Leonhard Seppala Humanitarian Award and the Most Inspirational Musher Award.
For the elder Seavey, winning a third Iditarod is a big accomplishment, but it’s not his last. He’s still at the height of his career, he says, with more yet to do.
Race leader Mitch Seavey is firmly in the lead of Iditarod 2017. Church bells made it official as he pulled into White Mountain late Monday.
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.
Iditarod mushers are on the Yukon. 8- and 24-hour layovers are on the horizon, but first, they must run the longest stretch of the race: 120 miles from Tanana to Ruby.
Nicolas Petit says the bitter cold of Alaska’s interior could work to his advantage in keeping an early lead. But others are ready for overnight temperatures warmer than –40°.
Friday night, 20 teams will depart from the Kuskokwim 300 starting line in Bethel, vying for the champion’s share of the largest K-300 purse to date: $150,000 in total.
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.