Author: Joe Runyan (214 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 15 9:16 am Ray Redington Jr into Nome

March 15 9:16 am Ray Redington Jr into Nome Joe Runyan Fans mill around the finish chute in Nome, a steady breeze off the sea, parka hoods all up, subdued morning light, and a siren that signals the arrival of Ray Redington, Jr and team.  He will be position 7 in this year’s race and …


March 14 2:35pm Petit is within 3 miles of DAllas, Could be a thriller to the finish for 2nd

Anyone following the marvelous tracker tool at the Insider can follow the action on the trail with Dallas seavey and Nic Petit, and I’ll do it too.  Check out the sub-plot of Dallas defending his 2 position with Nicolas Petit, who has been gradually getting closer to the 4x champ.  Dallas and Petit are just …


march 14 2:13 Mitch on track for 7 1/2 hr run to finish

Flash Mitch Seavey and team on fire from White Mountain to Nome.  He’s already on a giant ride having covered the 55 miles from Nome to Saftey Roadhouse in five hours 33 minutes.  If he keeps up that pace he will arrive here in Nome with a time of around 7 1/2 hours.   At …


March 14 8:36am Mitch Seavey departs Wht. Mtn with ELEVEN on the Tow Line

March 14 8:36am  Mitch Seavey departs Wht. Mtn with ELEVEN on the Tow Line Joe Runyan Mitch Seavey quietly booted his team of eleven and then manavuered them to the main trail on the Fish River.   The checker informed him he had a minute before allowed  to go on the final 77 mile leg …


March 14 3AM Dallas and Petit within 13 minutes

A race between 2nd and 3rd could be a powerful sub-plot to Mitch Seavey’s dominant guard of 1st place.   Dallas Seavey and ten dogs arrived at 01 35am followed thirteen minutes later by Nicolas Petit and 13 dogs at 01 48am.   Both teams were lively, but a number of us saw Petit’s thirteen …


March 14 12:46am Mitch Seavey first to White Mtn.

March 14 12:46am Mitch Seavey first to White Mtn. Mitch Seavey steam rolled into White MOuntain checkpoint, 77 miles from the Nome finish, at 11:36pm Monday with all twelve of his dogs leaning into harness  A prominent yellow moon had just appeared on the mountain sky line of White Mountain village.  The church bell rang …


March 13 12:14 pm Koyuk Dallas Seavey blows checkpoint, leap frogs Petit

March 13 12:14 pm Koyuk  Dallas Seavey blows checkpoint, leap frogs Petit   Dallas Seavey, with the gift of youth, appeared alert and collected as he checked in and out of Koyuk at 11:04pm   So, our strategies have diverted!!   Dallas rested at a shelter cabin and Petit has stopped in Koyuk and while both …


March 13 9:01AM Nic Petit 2nd into Koyuk

Nicolas Petit arrived Koyuk checkpoint with 13 on the towline.  Checkpoint handlers offered to help park the strongly trotting team, but Nick waved his hand,”NO please leave them alone and I’ll park them myself,” which he did  impressively with voice commands to his pair of leaders.   Bruce Lee , our commentator with the Insider, …


March 13 7:05am Koyuk Mitch continues to Guard Lead

March 13 7:05am Koyuk Mitch continues to Guard Lead  Joe Runyan Despite thrusts and parries by Dallas Seavey, NIc Petit, and Joar Ulsom,  Mitch Seavies continues to guard a five hour lead.  NIc Petit is on the runners 25 miles behind, but MItch is far ahead on rest and practically speaking—–is the cookie man that …


March 12 8:18pm KOYUK Mitch Seavey leads on the Bering Sea Coast

March 12 8:18pm KOYUK  Mitch Seavey leads on the Bering Sea Coast Joe Runyan Low visibility prevents landing  in Unalakleet to greet Mitch Seavey and the lead pack. Instead, after several diversions we find ourselves in the Koyuk checkpoint waiting for mushers to advance up the coast.   On landing we are picked up by …