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.
It’s the time of year for the sled dog and snowmachine races that traverse the rural wilds of Alaska and captivate the attention of people across the state. Race season is back.
This will be Royer’s rookie run in the Yukon Quest, although she’s been running dogs for 25 years. She has claimed a spot in the top 20 in Iditarod the past three years in a row – with her best run in 2015, taking 4th place.
After a reversal by race officials, mushers Ed Stielstra and Laura Ness are now back on the roster for the 2017 Yukon Quest, despite having missed a vet check.
A diverse roster of competitors from around the world will be kicking off the 34th annual Yukon Quest — from Whitehorse, Yukon Territory to Fairbanks — on February 4th.
The Alaska Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2017 was announced on Wednesday, December 14th. Joining NYO competitor Nicole Johnston are Iditarod champions Martin Buser and Jeff King, as well as Vern Tejas, the first solo climber to finish a winter ascent of Denali.
The Iditarod Trail Committee made the announcement yesterday, September 26th, citing health reasons for Mackey’s decision.
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.
The race’s roster includes 11 rookies and 14 veteran mushers, including defending champion Brent Sass of Eureka.
Two dogs were injured—one fatally—in the attack before the bull muskox was killed in what officials call a clear case of “defense of life or property.”