Author: Joe Runyan (182 posts)

Joe Runyan is the author of Winning Strategies for Distance Mushers (2003), and collaborated with Iditarod champs Jeff King in writing Cold Hands, Warm Heart(2008) and Lance Mackey in writing The Lance Mackey Story (2010). Runyan won 1st Place Best Sport’s Story Pacific NW Professional Journalists (2011). Runyan is the only musher to have won the three major long distance events in his era, the Iditarod (1989), Yukon Quest (1985), and Alpirod (1988).

March 14 Nome 7pm—Don’t Try This at Home, the Pack Almost into Nome

MARCH 14 7PM—Don’t try this  at home, the pack almost into Nome Snow has been falling today, glueing to ice with a two inch cushion.   Even pedestrians in Nome are benefiting as they can now navigate glazed walkways and one can imagine the relief of our last seven mushers filing off the trail into Nome. …


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 Wed Nome–What if I were a Musher?

March 12 Wed Nome—8pm—what if I were a musher? What if I were a musher?  On the spot, just for the mental exercise, I decided to summarize all the very cool innovations and ideas I noticed on this year’s race. For starters, I love a combination of Aaron Burmeisters very articulated theory of scheduling in …


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 …


March 11 Nome 2 18 am Seavey and Zirkle Within a Mile

March 11 Nome 2:18 am Seavey and Zirkle within a mile What began as victory lap yesterday afternoon at 3PM for Jeff King has now become a neck and neck battle between 1xchamp Dallas Seavey and Aliy Zirkle, second in 2012 and 2013.  A brief summary of events to describe the evening:  Jeff King and …


March 10 Nome 12 48 King Scratches, Winds Reported 65

March 11 Nome  King scratches, winds increase to 65 Our best credible information from Safetycheckpoint indicates Jeff King scratches. Wind increases to 65 knots and Aliy Zirkle presently remains at the Safety checkpoint. Readers can refer to the Iditarod official press release. According to our tracker, Dallas Seavey is advancing to Safety and is within …


March 10 Nome Wind Stops Aliy at Safety–More Info from Trail

March 10 Nome 11:20  More info from the trail Another call give us more insight to developments on the trail.  King, we are told, was apparently moving in strong winds, when a gust blew sled and team off the trail into driftwood.  King was there to untangle the team, and did in fact got them …


Nome—March 10—10 45 pm—Turmoil on the Trail-Aliy Passes King

Nome— March 10— 10:45pm—Turmoil on the Trail—Aliy passes King before Safety In a development that’s pure sports, we are receiving word from the trail  that Aliy Zirkle has passed Jeff King.  A call to our live broadcast center at City Hall, Nome, gave a brief description of howling winds that have stopped Jeff King a …


March 10 11 43 am Wht Mtn Front Four will Break RECORD

March 10 11:43am wht mtn—Front FOUR will break RECORD Jeff King, first into White Mountain and the leader of our race, is on the ice with his team of huskies.  The front four dogs of his team are still in their “cave” under Jeff’s open sleeping bag.  He is scheduled to depart at 3PM after …