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Iditarod 2020

Nome Iditarod Events Postponed Due to COVID-19 Threat

City of Nome Council Chambers. Photo: Margaret DeMaioribus; KNOM

Iditarod mushers will still be finishing on Front Street in Nome next week, but the City of Nome will not be hosting any race-related festivities. All non-essential City buildings will be closed from March 14-31st due to concerns over a potential outbreak of COVID-19. After meetings with state medical officials, the Iditarod Trail Committee announced…

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One Rookie, One Veteran, Both Competing with ‘A-Team’ Dogs

All of the 2020 Iditarod teams are unique, but this year both Sean Underwood, a rookie, and Tim Pappas, a veteran, have the same opportunity to run what would be considered other mushers’ dogs. KNOM’s Davis Hovey spoke with these two mushers about their insights into the four-legged animals they’re traveling behind. On a sunny,…

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24 Hour Layovers Underway, Decisions on Where to Stop Split

McGrath is certainly not as popular as Takotna when it comes to choosing a checkpoint for a 24-hour layover. The majority of the 2020 Iditarod mushers blew through McGrath in favor of Takotna, Ophir, and some even pushed onto Cripple before stopping. Wade Marrs, looking for a fourth top ten finish, was the fourth musher…

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Takotna or Elsewhere: Teams Begin 24-Hour Mandatory Rest Time

Iditarod teams are taking their 24-hour breaks at checkpoints across Alaska’s Interior. KNOM’s Ben Matheson has more from Takotna about how mushers are making the most out of their biggest rest period of the race and preparing for the miles to come. Tim Pappas is cooking up a big meal for his dogs in an…

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