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Eye on the Trail: Helwig Earns Red Lantern

Rookie Mary Helwig made Nome at 2351.  Seems that it’s never too late or too early for a celebration at the burled arch at the end of the Iditarod Trail.  There were people shoulder to shoulder lining both sides of the chute for it’s full length waiting to say welcome to Mary Helwig and farewell …

Eye on the Trail: Finale for Gallea

At the Finisher’s Banquet in Nome last year, Cindy Gallea announced it would be her last Iditarod.  Needless to say I was surprised to see her at the Wednesday pre-race vet check.  Having said, “Last race,” Cindy also said, “It’s difficult to let go of something that is deep in my soul and that gives …

Eye on the Trail: Stokey and Cooke in Nome

Claiming 66th place in Iditarod XLIV is Sarah Stokey.  Sarah and her fiancee, Travis Beals, operate Turning Heads Kennel near Seward, Alaska.  Sarah and Travis became engaged when Travis completed his rookie run in 2013.  He proposed and she accepted under the burled arch. Sarah was running the kennel’s puppy team.  Her goal was to …

Eye on the Trail: Lunch Trio in Nome

Early afternoon on Friday brought three more mushers to the finish line in Nome.  Larry Daugherty was the first to make the climb to Front Street followed by Patrick Beall and Lisbet Norris. The first word Larry Daugherty heard after he set his snow hook under the burled arch was DADDY!  His wife and children …

Eye on the Trail: Failor and Anderson at the arch

Matt Failor, born and raised in Ohio, finished Iditarod in 61st place with a time of 11days, 18 hours and 54 minutes.  He made his rookie run to Nome in 2012 and has been a constant in the race ever since.  Matt recorded his personal best time and place in 2014.  Running the course in …

Eye on the Trail: Graduation Ceremony in Nome

If I could be in grade school again, Trent Herbst is the teacher I’d select.  His class room is based on experiential hands on learning.  He uses Iditarod for connecting math and science to real life applications.  Over the years, Trent’s students have built his sled, constructed his snow shoes, calculated caloric needs for his …

Virtual Fans–the Live Chat

by Martha Dobson Most sporting events have a stationary arena or track, where fans sit to watch the game, the race, the contest. They drive there, park, walk to the event’s arena or stadium. They take the train or light rail, charter a bus, traveling to the event. But for the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog …

Eye on the Trail: Nome early on Friday

Nineteen year old rookie Noah Pereira has finished his first Iditarod.  He was met by his family, friends and his proud mentor, Wade Marrs at the burled arch.  Pereira was the first musher to arrive on March 18 at 0141.  He was the leader of the thirteen mushers we expect to celebrate with under the …

Eye on the Trail: March 17th Late in Nome

The finish line was busy during the final hours of March 17th.  Becca Moore, Alan Eischens and Bob Bundtzen arrived just in time to say they spent St. Patrick’s Day in Nome, Safety and White Mountain.  Becca, Alan and Bob were all greeted by joyous friends, fans and family to celebrate their completion of Iditarod …

Eye on the Trail: 3 Supper Time Arrivals in Nome

Melissa Owens Stewart made her first attempt at Iditarod in 2008.  She finished in 30th place and in doing so claimed the honor of being one of the youngest females to ever complete the Iditarod.  Melissa is also a four-time Jr. Iditarod competitor.  In 2004 at the age of 14, Melissa claimed 13th place out …