Competitive jockeying is happening up and down the Iditarod leaderboard as mushers begin to traverse the Norton Sound coast.
Smoke, a sled dog from the team of Iditarod musher Scott Smith, died Friday while being transported by the Iditarod Trail Committee. In Kaltag, Smith reflected on the incident.
Necropsy results for an Iditarod dog that died Friday while flying to Anchorage indicate it died from overheating. The ITC says it is working on changes to prevent similar incidents in the future.
The countdown is on for the start of the 2017 Iditarod Sled-dog race on March 4th.
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.
In 2016, some of Iditarod’s competitors have pushed the pace early — especially before taking their 24-hour layovers.
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…