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Zoom Lens JR Iditarod

The 41st JR Iditarod is history.  Bailey Schaeffer is the Champion.  Bailey also received the Humanitarian Award for outstanding Dog Care.  Bailey’s lead dog, Bill, received the Blue Harness Award.  Bailey says that Bill is a dependable leader who keeps the team lined out.

Zoom Lens – JR Iditarod Start

With new fallen snow, the JR Iditarod start felt like a magical winter wonderland or perhaps the Alaska version of Narnia.  The mushers are on the trail for the first 75-mile leg of the race.  They’ll rest for ten-hours then apart for the 75 mile finish run.  Check the JR Iditarod webpage for updates.  GPS …

Zoom Lens – Vet Check

The JR Iditarod begins on Saturday, February 24th.  Each of the athletes has a pre-race physical.  The vets check heart, hydration, attitude, appetite, weight, legs and lungs as well as making sure that all vaccinations are up to date.  

Zoom Lens: JR Iditarod XLI

Eleven mushers between the age of 14 and 17 will take to the trail on the last Saturday of February for the JR Iditarod.  They’ll start the race on Knik Lake and travel 75 miles to the Yentna Station Roadhouse.  They will camp, spending their required ten-hour rest, on the shore of the Yentna River. …

Zoom Lens: The Lady in Pink

The early sun brightens DeeDee Jonrowe’s way into Unalakleet early on the Morning of March 14th.  Later this day, Mitch Seavey became the oldest musher to ever win Iditarod and set a new record of 8 days, 3 hours, 40 minutes and 13 seconds for Iditarod XLIV.

Zoom Lens: Weather Can Change Quickly

Weather can change very quickly.  The clear shot of Robert Redington was taken twenty-two minutes earlier than the foggy shot of Lars Monson.

Zoom Lens: Dallas following Mitch

Dallas Seavey is trailing behind his dad, Mitch as the 45th Iditarod reaches the Gold Coast.  Mitch came and went from Unalakleet.  Dallas rested for almost 4 hours.  Mitch will have to rest at the next checkpoint.  Where will the balance be in running, resting and speed for each of these highly competitive men?  Mitch …

Zoom Lens: Waiting In Unalakleet

The big news in Unalakleet this morning is the fog – Ice Fog. When fog freezes in the air and then the fog settles on sleds, grasses, trees and other objects you have hoar frost. While the visibility was good last night with stars shining, the opposite is true today – thick ice fog. The windbreak …

Zoom Lens: Encouragement from Huslia Students

How do you encourage others to keep going even when the going is tough?  How do you encourage others and let them know you are rooting for them to do well or finish strong?  The children of Huslia made signs and posted them on the inbound and outbound trails of the village to let the …

Zoom Lens: Aerial View Huslia

The community of Huslia, located on the Koyukuk River, has a long mushing history. Mushing families like Vent, Huntington and Attla hail from Huslia. George Attla is the winningest sprint musher of all time. Attla and Bobbie Vent participated in the very first Iditarod. Vent claimed 2nd place and Allta claimed 4th place. The School …