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Eye on the Trail: Konno to Casillo

Michi Konno completed his rookie Iditarod on Thursday afternoon in 23rd place with a time of 11 days, 0 hours and 35 minutes. Run Iditarod was something Joe Redington Sr. told Michi he must do. Twenty years ago as a sprint musher, Michi trained with Joee Redington, Jr. Joee was a celebrated sprint man and …

Eye on the Trail: Fog for Finishers

Anna Berington who started mushing behind a collie and a Great Pyrenees brought 10 peppy sled dogs to the Burled Arch early on Thursday afternoon. She’s the 22nd musher to complete Iditarod XLVI. As a youngster in Port Wing, WI, Berington and her twin sister, Kristi learned about sled dogs from a neighbor. Soon the inventive …

Eye on the Trail: Zirkle, Royer & Kool-Aid

Twenty-one teams have finished Iditarod XLVI. Having been in several checkpoints along the trail, a pattern of “bunches” has developed, a bunch of twenty near the front. McGrath experienced a very dense influx of mushers near the front as did Nome and everywhere between. I’m now in Nome and will pick up with the mushers …

Eye on the Trail: Continues to Snow in Unalakleet

While Joar Leifseth Ulsom was on his way to Nome from White Mountain, Shayne Traska was feeding her dogs on the slough in Unalakleet. Shayne and Joar, pictured above, were the lucky mushers to win free entry fees for the 20918 Iditarod. As they signed up to race at the Volunteer Picnic at Iditarod Headquarters …

Eye on the Trail: Champion Crowned, Winners Continue to Arrive

Congratulations to Joar Leifseth Ulson and his leaders Russeren & Olive as champions of Iditarod XLVI. Joar and his powerful high spirited team made the Burled Arch in 9 days and 12 hours March 14 at 03:00. This was a race unlike others in recent history. The trail has been challenging for the leaders all …

Eye on the Trail: Tuesday Action in Unalakleet

Aaron Peck changed out sleds before departing Unalakleet on Tuesday afternoon. He’d shipped a smaller sled ahead for the 216-mile run along the coast to Nome. He changed out runner plastic as many of the mushers were doing before departing Unalakleet. Last Night Cody Strathe changed from red to green because the green had a …

Eye on the Trail: Lanier and Nolan in Unalakleet

For a while today the youngest and the oldest mushers of Iditarod XLVI were in Unalakleet. Jim Lanier who is 77 was parked on the slough at the same time as 18 year-old Andrew Nolan. Lanier and Nolan are running near the middle of the pack. Lanier has run in five decades of Iditarod. Nolan …

Eye on the Trail: Inaugural Northrim Achieve More Award to Joar

As the first musher to White Mountain, Joar Leifseth Ulsom, wins the inaugural Northrim Bank Achieve More Award.   Joar arrived in White Mountain at 07:52 with 12 dogs in harness. Jed Ballard, Chief Financial Officer of Northrim Bank, presented the award to Ulsom, which included a $2,500 check and a one-of-a-kind print by Anchorage artist …

Eye On the Trail: Resting in Unalakleet

For the three leading teams that departed Shaktoolik during the wee hours of the morning, the run to Koyuk has been a challenge. Leading the pack was Nic Petit but Joar Leifseth Ulsom overtook him. Taking a wrong turn on the run to Koyuk, Petit lost the trail. Joar passed him by and arrived in …

Eye on the Trail: Back of the Pack

There is a distance of roughly 300 miles from leader to red lantern in Iditarod XLVI. The Back of the Pack has departed Anvik to run north and slightly east on the Yukon River. The front of the pack, having departed Shaktoolik, is on Norton Sound heading pretty much north to the village of Koyuk. …