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Eye on the Trail: Iditarod XLVI Awards

The celebration of success for Iditarod finishers was held at the Nome Recreation Center in snowy windy Nome on March 18, 2018.  Why would the weather be any different for the banquet than what it was on the trail during the race?  Mushers with the families, friends, kennel workers as well as race sponsors and …

Eye on the Trail: Sharing Photos – Front of the Pack

As the saying goes, you can’t be in two places at once.  Just after Joar, Nic and Mitch arrived in Nome, I was able to share photos from either Jeff Schultz or Julian Schroder.  More of the top ten finished during the time I was in transit from Unalakleet to Nome.  I’d like to pick …

Eye on the Trail: Red Lantern to Kaltenborn

As the final musher to cross the finish line of the race, Magnus Kaltenborn wins the Red Lantern Award. It’s also his responsibility to extinguish the Widow’s Lamp. The two “lanterns” have different traditions and significance. Incidentally, the Champion, Joar Leifseth Ulsom and the Red Lantern musher of Iditarod XLVI are both Norwegian born.   Out …

Eye on the Trail: Radano In Nome

Talkeetna’s Anja Radano came into Nome this morning tight behind Jason Stewart. Anja has been a delight on the trail with her big smile and positive attitude. To the Iditarod Insiders she said, “It was really fun, lots of challenges. I’m really proud of these guys for an amazing job. I’m really proud of myself …

Eye on the Trail: Stewart in 50th

The good news for Jason Stewart, Anja Radano and Magnus Kaltenborn was wind direction. Rather than facing into the wind and wind blown snow for the miles to Nome from White Mountain, some of the time the wind was blowing from behind. It was a welcome relief after experiencing blizzards, whiteouts and the blowhole since …

Eye on the Trail: 49th Musher in Nome

Meredith Mapes made the Burled Arch this morning to earn 49th place in the 49th state with a time of 12 days, 19 hours and 53 minutes. When Mapes was asked what was tough about the trail she immediately responded snow, there was a short pause and she said Snow, a longer pause and she said SNOW, …

Eye on the Trail: Shaynee Traska in Nome

Shaynee Traska was the first musher to sign up for Iditarod 2018 back in June. She was the first musher into Nome on St. Patrick’s Day. True to her style, Shayne came in wearing a big smile. Friends, family and Iditarod officials greeted Traska when she arrived in the chute. Her dream of running Iditarod …

Eye on the Trail: Late Friday Finishers

The number of finishers for Iditarod 2018 will reach forty-seven before Thursday turns to Friday and St. Patrick’s Day is here. As of right now, fifteen mushers have scratched or withdrawn from Iditarod 2018. Yes, weather and difficult trail have played a part in that number. Forty-five mushers have arrived in Nome, all talking about …

Eye on the Trail: Friday Afternoon Arrivals

For me, it’s a welcome sight to see two, three or four mushers close together on the GPS tracker as they approach Nome. Granted, the chute might get a bit crowded with more than two teams but multiple teams make it worth the effort to walk out on the Bering Sea toward Cape Nome to …

Eye on the Trail: Nome Pre-dawn Friday

As temperatures hovered around zero in Nome, ten teams completed Iditarod XLVI. It started with the Master Musher Martin Buser at 00:02 and right now we’re waiting for Larry Daugherty to come in from Safety. Word from back down the trail indicates the temperature is well below zero in White Mountain. Martin Buser completed his …