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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 …


ExxonMobil Mushers Choice Award

Each year the official finishers make the decision as to who was the most inspirational musher on the trail. The award has been presented by EXXONMOBIL since 2010. The Iditarod Limited Edition Gold Coin is valued at $3,900.00 and it’s surrounded by a gold chain rope. Presented at the Finishers banquet by Karen Hagedorn, Production …


March 13 Nome 2pm—Women Mushers into Nome

MARCH 13 Nome-2pm—36 mushers into Nome With 36 mushers into Nome, and only 13 left on the Iditarod trail, the scene in Nome is something like a big mixer for mushing fanatics.  Friends of the musher, handlers, family walk about the Iditarod headquarters, venture over to the finish line to watch a mushing colleague finish, …


March 12 Nome 1PM–Wind Slacks, Mushers into Nome

March 12 Nome 1PM—Wind slacks off, mushers stream into Nome Wednesday in Nome, first light after 8am, giving one a feeling that the long shadow of winter is still with us.   Musher after musher streams into Nome greeted by family and friends.  Interviews at our Insider site document each musher’s grand odyssey.  I asked Terry …


March 11 Nome 12:20 Mushers into Nome—What Happened on the Trail

MARCH 11 Nome 12:20 PM  Mushers follow lead pack into Nome—Winds at Solomon Blow Hole Reality is not standing still in Nome, with winds reported 45 and gusting 55 in blow holes along the coast, and mushers continuing to march towards the finish line. Sonny Lindner just crossed the finish line as I write in …


How Do Mushers Stay Awake on the Trail?

We talk to different mushers about their strategies for staying awake on the Iditarod trail. 


Mushers are Always Good for a Surprise

We all expected Martin Buser to not stop in Galena after coming fresh of his 8 hour layover. But instead he declared that he is pulling over for a bit. He has no apparent problems, and is in his normal cheerful mood. After the big flood here in Galena the dog yard is a bit …


Willow march 2-2 pm–more mushers in the dog lot

  Restart II—-We discover more mushers in the dog lot—2pm Joe Runyan Returning to the dog lot, I decide to take any slice of reality I meet.   About trucks, some dogs are already harnessed, barking occasionally in anticipation of a 2pm start.   The sky is clear, sun intense, and temperatures well above freezing. Mitch Seavey …