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Eye on the Trail: Sunrise & Stats

It’s Sunday March 15th in Unalakleet, we are waiting.  The sun rose at 0900 and will set at 2045.  Temperature at sunrise was minus 10 with winds fromt he east at 10 mph.  There were 6 mushers on the old portage from Kaltag to the coast.  Doubtful that it was as warm on the trail …

Steve Watkins Reports from Nepal following Earthquake

Iditarod Veteran musher Steve Watkins is safe. For those of you who have asked, here is the accounting of the tragedy on Mt. Everest as posted by Steve on his Facebook page.  (After completing the 2015 Iditarod, Steve left Alaska and traveled to join an exhibition to climb Mt. Everest.  He was on the climb …

Meet the 2016 Iditarod Teacher on the Trail™ – Laura Wright

Laura Wright, Austin Texas has been selected as the 2016 Iditarod Teacher on the Trail™. Laura is a third grade teacher at Eanes Elementary School.  Laura incorporates Iditarod themed lessons into all areas of her curriculum including math, art, and science, with a strong technology piece that allows students to share their learning. Laura was …

Home at Last! Sarabi is Back with Laura Allaway

After nearly a month on the run, Sarabi, a sled dog from Laura Allaway’s 2015 Iditarod team, has been found and reunited with the rest of the team. Laura, who was out of state and looking forward to seeing Sarabi on Tuesday, April 28th, was beyond happiness with the good news! Due to a sore …

2015 Winter Raffle Winners Announced

Congratulations to the winners of the 2015 Winter Raffle.  Thank you to everyone who purchased raffle tickets.  We appreciate your support in helping to stage “The Last Great Race on Earth®”. Press Release Winter Raffle Winners 2015 2015 Winter Raffle Prizes Prize 1: 2015 Dodge Ram 4×4 Quad Cab  – Mariah Utuga, Anchorage, AK Prize …

Eye on the Trail: Iditarod XLIII is History

Iditarod XLIII is almost history, all but one award has been announced, all but one musher has publicly offered their thanks, and Dallas Seavey’s lead dogs, Hero and Reef, have been introduced.  Just as the  festivities of the finisher’s banquet came to a close an announcement was made that the final musher was on Front …

Eye on the Trail: Through the Lens with Jeff Schultz

Last night before Alan Eischens approached Front Street, Jeff Schultz, Iditarod’s official photographer was out in the chute setting up a photo.  It was dusk or a little darker and what he had in mind was to catch Eischens and the dog team as they came into the chute with the strings of suspended Christmas …

Eye on the Trail: Best Dressed & Most Colorful

Looking at all the mushers who’ve gone down the Iditarod trail this year, I’d nominate Brian Wilmshurst for Best Dressed, Most Colorful and that really has nothing to do with the shorts he wears.  Wade Marrs has a very colorful sled bag and Monica Zappa has a very colorful parka, hat and sled bag combo …

Eye on the Trail: Clarke, Gallea and Herbst

The noon whistle, not to be confused with the siren although it is the same, sounded as Trent Herbst left the burled arch heading for the dog spa behind Nome’s Iditarod Headquarters.  Clarke and Gallea dogs, having come in earlier this morning were already settled and preparing for their big flight Anchorage and then their …

Eye on the Trail: Finishing up on Saturday

The busiest day on Front Street of the 2015 race was Saturday the 21st of March.  Twenty-five teams completed the race commencing with Ben Harper in 36th place at 02:28:15 and concluding with Alan Eischens in 60th place at 21:56:36.  That means Front Street wasn’t the only place that was busy, the Nome Dog Spa …