Author: Sebastian Schnuelle (191 posts)

Sebastian Schnuelle is a Canadian dog musher and dog sled racer from Whitehorse, Yukon, who won the 2009 1,000 mile Yukon Quest sled dog race and finished the Iditarod in 2nd place a few weeks later. Schnuelle is fluent in English, French, and German Schnuelle was born in Wuppertal, Germany.

Kusko 300 Champion – Pete Kaiser

The 3rd main mid distance race for the 2015 winter happened this weekend in Bethel Alaska. The Kusko 300 attracts many of the best teams of the distance mushing scene.  With the Kusko not being on the road system, it is neither easy nor cheap to get there. Now add to that one of the …


Second Iditarod Qualifier in Alaska – Copper Basin 300

Better late than never. Sorry for not being very timely with the report from the Copper Basin 300. I am not entirely sure how I managed to do it, but right after the race I came down pretty hard with a stomach bug and was out of commission for a bit. Nope, I did not …


Gin Gin 200, First Iditarod Qualifier of the season

Long time no hear. Hello from the Armchair Musher. I am back on the runners…. and in the armchair too. While much of the continental US has seen low temperatures, Alaska has once again seen a relatively mild winter. Specially the ” Valley ” Mushers around Knik- Wasilla- Willow have been hard hit. Talking to …


Responsible Racing?

What has happened to responsible racing? Iditarod is all about doing well and placing, it is a race after all, but the recent accusations of ITC being not quick enough to rescue mushers are out of line. When a storm moves in, it is every mushers choice, to continue to race hard or to switch …


Rookie of the Year Nathan Schroeder

You can almost say Rookie(S) of the year, that is how close the hightest placing rookies arrived in Nome. Nathan Schroeder from Minnesota edged out Two Rivers Yukon Quest Musher Abbie West by 6 minutes. Another close race within the race. I wish I could have seen them finish, but I was already at the …


Rounding out the Top 10

When I last saw Jessie Royer in Koyuk, she was in 13th place and hoping to catch up to 11th. Now she finished 7th due to the many unforseeable events of mushers stalling on the ice, scratching before Safety. It has been a wild one. Jessie is tough as nails, and if she says that this year’s race tested her abilities to the limit, that says a lot.


Dallas Seavey is the 2014 Iditarod Champion

Wow, what a night this has been. Dallas Seavey crossed the finish line in Nome 2 minutes ahead of Aliy Zirkle at 4.04 a.m. And that after leaving White Mountain in 3rd place 2 hrs and 46 minute behind the at the time race leader, Jeff King. Dallas finished in a record time of 8 days 14 hours and 9 Minutes!


Aliy Zirkle FIRST into Safety

This evening brings another twist. It’s an amazing race. Aliy Zirkle has passed Jeff King en route to Safety. She is currently leading Iditarod 42! The wind is still howling out there and Jeff seems to have issues.  SP Kennels in the LEAD!


White Mountain, Safety to Nome

Below are a few pictures from the trail. It’s been a windy last 35 miles. It starts blowing past the blowhole, or better said, that is where there is enough snow to blow around. It is a very shallow ground blizzard with generally little snow in the area, yet enough to make life not very …


Safety Update

Made it to Safety. Sure glad to see the Roadhouse. Meeting Jeff from ort Insider Crew he warned me,             “ Sebastian, it’s going to blow 35 mile in the blowhole and 3 foot groundstorm “. Up top in the hills it was windy, but no real snow to blow …