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In Takotna, Jonrowe outlines her “objectives”

“I want to get through this next, tough trail,” DeeDee Jonrowe says of the Iditarod route past Takotna, where her dog team took its mandatory 24-hour layover on Wednesday. “(In the past,) I’ve had a bad run on the Yukon, and it is SO not fun, for me or the dogs.” The Willow, Alaska musher…

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On-Air Update: Wednesday, March 6 (5pm)

Who’s out front – and who will be out front after Iditarod 41’s mushers have all completed their mandatory 24-hour layovers? In Wednesday night’s 5pm Iditarod Update, David Dodman and Dayneé Rosales join trail reporter Laureli Kinneen, live from Takotna, to talk about trail standings, the impact of warm but inclement weather, the Dorothy G.…

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Zirkle & Kaiser: resting in Takotna

Although many mushers breezed through Takotna today, headed toward more solitary checkpoints for their 24-hour rest, Pete Kaiser and Aliy Zirkle are among a larger group who decided to put their snow hooks down; giving their dogs and themselves some well-deserved rest. Takotna is about 300 miles into the 1000 mile race to Nome, and…

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In Takotna, right on schedule: Aaron Burmeister

This year’s Iditarod is shaping up to be a year for risks. Martin Buser surprised everyone early on, racing hard out of the gate 150 miles straight to Rohn. Possibly inspired by Buser’s bold move, a handful of mushers, led by Lance Mackey, are pushing beyond Takotna, a favored checkpoint for the mandatory 24-hour layover,…

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Zirkle: “Not Predictable,” But in the Top Five

“I’m not very predictable,” Aliy Zirkle says. In the Takotna checkpoint, the Two Rivers, Alaska musher told KNOM trail reporter Laureli Kinneen that long runs aren’t necessarily her “cup of tea” but that she’s also flexible in her mushing strategy, adaptable to the condition both of the trail and of her dog team. Predictable or…

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In Takotna, the Brothers Smyth

What’s it like to have a brother on the Iditarod trail? Cim Smyth – who’s mushed in the Iditarod alongside his brother Ramey for years – says it’s “nice” to be able to “bounce things off each other.” The family support may be a welcome relief: the Big Lake, Alaska musher says it’s been a…

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Hear John Baker Departing the Takotna Checkpoint

It was early Thursday morning when 2011 champion John Baker departed the Iditarod checkpoint of Takotna. Despite the early hour (he departed at 2:01am), both Baker and his dogs seemed in good form. Baker said his dogs “took full advantage” of their mandatory 24-hour rest; surveying the trail ahead, the musher said his about his…

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On-Air Update: Wednesday, March 7 (5pm)

In Wednesday’s 5pm update, Ric and Ben go over the departure times for mushers leaving their 24-hour layovers (during which the differentials in starting times are corrected). With a live report from Laureli in Takotna, the three talk about what Wednesday evening has in store for the checkpoint, the deep snows on the trail, and…

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