Because of sick dogs, Iditarod veteran Aliy Zirkle has had to upend her race plans and declare a 24-hour rest in Galena, rather than in her intended checkpoint of Huslia.
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.
From the Aleutian island of Akutan to the Arctic village of Kiana, thirteen communities have been crowned champions of a rural energy competition.
On Thursday, 1975 Iditarod champion Emmitt Peters was in Ruby to greet Jeff King and his dog team when they arrived first at the Yukon River.
“I’m about playing by the rules. If it’s in the rulebook and I did it, then it’s pretty cut and dry. We don’t read the whole rule book and memorize it.”
“It’s always good to get to the Yukon,” Iditarod musher Brent Sass says.
Halfway to Nome, the real racing has begun.
Not only was Jeff King’s the first Iditarod team to arrive in Ruby, but his is also, at this point, the only team to travel as far without taking 24 hours rest.
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.