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Eye on the Trail: Mackey, Robert Redington, Vergnaud, Diehl and Peterson in Nome

Have arrived in Nome so switching from Unalakleet gear to Nome gear. I’m very happy to have been in Unalakleet to speak with the final musher to make the coast from Kaltag. From Unalakleet to Nome, the trail is anything but down hill. Upon leaving Unalakleet for Shaktoolik the teams have to climb through the …

Eye on the Trail: Final 4 Make the Coast

It’s March, so talk about the Sweet 16, the Elite 8 and the Final 4 is the buzz. Sure it’s usually about basketball be it high school or college but today it’s about Iditarod mushers.  This afternoon, on day 9 of Iditarod, the Final 4 arrived in Unalakleet. They had camped at Old Woman Cabin …

Eye on the Trail: Day 9 in Unalakleet

Day nine of Iditarod XLV and all of the action is between Old Woman Cabin on the Kaltag Portage Trail and Front Street of Nome. What Mitch Seavey accomplished this year in winning the race and setting not one but two records is just plain phenomenal! He already had the record for the oldest winner …

March 15 9:16 am Ray Redington Jr into Nome Featured - Joe Runyan

March 15 9:16 am Ray Redington Jr into Nome Joe Runyan Fans mill around the finish chute in Nome, a steady breeze off the sea, parka hoods all up, subdued morning light, and a siren that signals the arrival of Ray Redington, Jr and team.  He will be position 7 in this year’s race and …

Eye on the Trail: More Teams Make Unalakleet

Rookie Justin Steilstra is just 300 miles from earning the coveted Iditarod Finisher’s Belt Buckle. Justin was born in Texas but was raised in Michigan. Justin started mushing in 2014 by helping his Aunt and Uncle, Tasha and Ed Stielstra at Nature’s Kennel in the UP of Michigan. He helped Ed, an Iditarod veteran, train …

Eye on the Trail: A New Batch in UNK

Rookie Justin High arrived in Unalakleet just after the sun rose. High is brightly attired in gear sewn by his wife Jamiee. Together the Highs own High’s Adventure Gear. Justin is happy to be on the coast. He says it’s anything but down hill to Nome from here. Three hundred miles to go along the …

March 14 2:35pm Petit is within 3 miles of DAllas, Could be a thriller to the finish for 2nd Featured - Joe Runyan

Anyone following the marvelous tracker tool at the Insider can follow the action on the trail with Dallas seavey and Nic Petit, and I’ll do it too.  Check out the sub-plot of Dallas defending his 2 position with Nicolas Petit, who has been gradually getting closer to the 4x champ.  Dallas and Petit are just …

march 14 2:13 Mitch on track for 7 1/2 hr run to finish Featured - Joe Runyan

Flash Mitch Seavey and team on fire from White Mountain to Nome.  He’s already on a giant ride having covered the 55 miles from Nome to Saftey Roadhouse in five hours 33 minutes.  If he keeps up that pace he will arrive here in Nome with a time of around 7 1/2 hours.   At …

Eye on the Trail: Watching the Finish from Unalakleet

Watching the race through GPS Tracker and Insider from Unalakleet is quite exciting.  There are races within the top-ten that will unfold through out the day and into early tomorrow morning. Looks like Mitch Seavey will claim his third Iditarod Gold medal. Dallas is in pursuit but with only thirty miles to go to the …

Eye on the Trail: A Small Group in Unalakleet

As the sun rose in Unalakleet on day eight of the 45th Iditarod, there are two mushers, Charlie Bejna and DeeDee Jonrowe parked on the slough. Much earlier this morning Seth Barnes and Laura Neese arrived and departed from the checkpoint. Laura Neese is making her rookie run to Nome. She’s a Yukon Quest veteran so …