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Eye on the Trail: Hunt and Wilmshurst

Playing catch up here in Nome.  There were so many teams that completed Iditarod yesterday, I couldn’t get to the arch to hear stories and take pictures AND write something up about each musher and their journey.  It’s sort of a twilight time on Sunday morning, I’ve already been up to the volunteer center for …

Eye on the Trail: Shvarts Realizes Dream

When it comes to Iditarod, Lev Shvarts was able to finished in 2015 what he set out to do in 2014.  After leaving the Rohn Road house last year, Shvart’s sled gave way while coming through the Buffalo tunnels.  That portion of the trail was re-worked with heavy equipment this fall and would have been …

Eye on the Trail: Cooke and Debakk Converge on Nome

Rob Cooke and Yvonne Debakk brought handsome Siberian teams to the burled arch in Nome on Saturday afternoon.   If you asked 100 people what a sled dog looks like they’d probably describe or draw the Siberian Husky.  That’s what’s been portrayed through the Serum Run and movies like Snow Dogs or Eight Below.  Siberians …

Eye on the Trail: Schaeffer Succeeds

He’s been a rookie three times but today, the third time proved to be a charm.  Chuck Schaeffer earned the title of Iditarod Veteran.  He’ll wear the coveted finisher’s belt buckle with pride.  Chuck was born and raised in Kotzebue.  Not long ago the Schaeffers decided to move to Willow, Alaska.  The family has been …

Eye on the Trail: Mackey Brothers

Twenty-Two seconds separated the Mackey brothers as they arrived in Nome this morning.  Their race was far from what they expected when they departed Fairbanks.  Lance ran into trouble in the severe cold.  With impaired circulation, his fingers had become frostbitten.  A few weeks earlier, he’d completed the Yukon Quest.  “Frigid” didn’t do justice in …

Eye on the Trail: Women’s Quartet

Shortly after 13:00 the first musher, Laura Allaway of the Women’s quartet reached the burled arch in Nome.  Laura was followed closely by Monica Zappa.  As they left the chute to bed their dogs down, Heidi Sutter climbed onto Front Street and about the time she made the burled arch, Lisbet Norris brought her team …

Breakfast for Volunteers

 

Eye on the Trail: Before Breakfast on Saturday

MIke Santos from Cantwell, Alacka arrived in Nome just after 0500 Saturday morning.  His wife Caitlin and one-year-old some Max were waiting at the arch.  Max, wearing a head lamp was on his mother’s back and excited to see his daddy.  Max’s dad finished in 39th place in 11 day 19 hours and 7 minutes.  …

Eye on the Trail: Skype Call for Casillo

Who would think there’d be a traffic jam in Nome.  Front Street doesn’t even have a traffic light and if there was one, the dog powered sleds would have been yielded to by all other forms of vehicular traffic.  Rick Casillo brought his Battle Dawg team to the burled arch this morning and parked between …

Mackey Brothers Finish Together Featured - Sebastian Schnuelle

4 teams came down front street almost one right after another. First was Jason followed by Lance a few seconds later. Then Rick Casillo and Timothy Hunt. It was a very emotional finish for the Mackey brothers. It was nice to see all the mushers come out to pay their respects to the great 4 …