Western Alaska athletes had top finishes in kneel jump, toe kick, one-foot high kick, Indian stick pull, and seal hop.
Maixner is swapping out sleds and getting ready to run with his team. “If there’s a leader, they’re ready to go. They trust in the person leading the pack as well as trusting in me, I guess,” said Maixner.
Aaron Burmeister may have been the first musher to the coast, but Dallas Seavey is now in front on the way to Nome.
Aliy Zirkle led Iditarod 2015 out of Koyukuk late Saturday morning, followed into the evening by Aaron Burmeister, Jeff King, Jessie Royer, and Dallas and Mitch Seavey. These frontrunners jockeyed for lead on the 154 mile run to the coast.
Burmeister, first into Unalakleet, is comfortable on the coast. “I felt right at home when the wind started blowing,” said the Nome musher. According to Race Marshall Mark Nordman, mushers should arrive Tuesday.
Alaska State Troopers are investigating the shooting death of a Unalakleet man after investigators say he got in to a “physical altercation” with another man Sunday night.
Officials cite trail conditions, logistics, and “changes to racer needs” as reasons for the cancelation.
Kaiser is the first Bethel musher to win the race in 29 years.
Nome hosted a unique performance this week when Kira Eckenweiler, an opera student at the University of Alaska Anchorage, shared her talent with a local audience.
Twenty-five mushers will take off from Bethel over a fast, icy trail to Aniak and back Friday night in the 36th annual running of the Kuskokwim 300.