“9th place in under 9 days? It’s crazy,” Pete Kaiser commented on Wednesday. The fast finishes of Iditarod 2017 are a sign of an “evolving” race, the Bethel musher said.
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 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.
For multiple pairs of Iditarod teams — Wade Marrs and Pete Kaiser, and Scott Smith and Noah Burmeister — the most competitive stretch of trail came down to the final mile.
“These first couple days have been unpleasant, to say the least,” Dallas Seavey described in Nikolai.
Kelly Maixner and Bethel’s Pete Kaiser battled for their Iditarod finish in a pack of 5 mushers crossing under the Burled Arch within an hour of each other early Thursday morning.
In Ruby this morning, Paul Gebhardt: “I’ve never been down to eight [dogs] this early in the race before…”
Chatting with Laureli Kinneen in Ruby this morning, Gebhardt laments about the small size of his team, but feels good that they’re still running strong.
At mid-week, it’s a time for rest for many of the mushers in Iditarod 40: including five of the competitors KNOM’s Laureli Kinneen interviewed last night…
Crossing the finish line in Bethel at 11:42 this morning, 22-year old Rohn Buser is the 2012 Kuskokwim 300 champion. Rohn Buser, son of Iditarod legend…
This morning saw a full house at Kalskag: all mushers save one (Scott Smith) appeared to be taking their 6 hour rest, and so it was…