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Fantastic Friday: Mushers speak about Fairbanks restart


Iditarod Mushers in the Yukon Quest, Eagle Summit

I am stuck at home, nursing a stomach bug. Had been taking metronidazole ( works well on dogs ) , discontinued taking it, and back to being sick. Really had hoped to hop on the snowmachine. I do have some eyes on the trail though, the photos in this story are from longtime friend and …


Iditarod Mushers on the Yukon Quest Day 7 and 8

Some thoughts about run- and rest times, and their relation to travel speed and dog numbers. Many people comment on how hard this year’s Yukon Quest is. The number of scratches. Well, the Yukon Quest has always had a high number of scratches and has always been hard. 45 and 50 below is nothing new, …


Iditarod Mushers on the Yukon Quest Day 6

John Schandelmeier, a fellow Yukon Quest Champion and fellow Arm Chair Musher has gotten himself in a hot seat with an article about scratching. Scratching a race is a very controversial subject. No musher makes that decision lightly, then historically looking, some rarely scratch like John himself, then others scratch more often like his own …


Iditarod Mushers on Day 2 and 3 of the Quest

While I am typing this, Jeff King is speeding along the trail with more than 10 miles an hour. Only is he speeding in the wrong direction, headed back to Pelly Crossing after an all night rest. Not being there firsthand, I can only speculate as much as anybody, that he has had enough of …


Iditarod Mushers on the Quest Trail, day 1

Well time for a bit of true Armchair Mushing, as I am not on the Quest trail. Instead I keep on telling my 22 house dogs, how lucky they are, that they can sit here with me in the living room, and not be running the Q300 as we had originally planned. It is cold …


Eye on the Trail: Volunteer Picnic & Musher Sign-up

It’s the last Saturday of June. Time to say thank you to the hundreds of volunteers who came together and gave generously of their time and talents to make the 42nd Last Great Race possible. There are two hundred fifty one days until the start of Iditarod 2015. Musher signup began at 09:30 at Iditarod …


Keeping in Shape: Mushers and Teachers Prepare for the ‘Season’ By Philip Walters

As I panted along on my early-spring run today, I contemplated the following: “Wow, I’m REALLY out of shape.  How is it possible that I could be so out of shape after spending all winter running dogs?” There’s a common misconception out there that mushers just stand on the sled runners and enjoy the trip …


Keeping in Shape: How Mushers and Teachers Prepare for the Season By Philip Walters

As I panted along on my early-spring run today, I contemplated the following: “Wow, I’m REALLY out of shape.  How is it possible that I could be so out of shape after spending all winter running dogs?” There’s a common misconception out there that mushers just stand on the sled runners and enjoy the trip …


Writing To The Mushers

Hi Boys and Girls, Now that the race is over- what’s next??? Many of you are busy writing the musher you followed in the race. I know you are really excited about that and many of you are hoping for a return letter and maybe even some goodies. Since the request for musher addresses will …