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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 …

March 14 8:36am Mitch Seavey departs Wht. Mtn with ELEVEN on the Tow Line Featured - Joe Runyan

March 14 8:36am  Mitch Seavey departs Wht. Mtn with ELEVEN on the Tow Line Joe Runyan Mitch Seavey quietly booted his team of eleven and then manavuered them to the main trail on the Fish River.   The checker informed him he had a minute before allowed  to go on the final 77 mile leg …

March 14 3AM Dallas and Petit within 13 minutes Featured - Joe Runyan

A race between 2nd and 3rd could be a powerful sub-plot to Mitch Seavey’s dominant guard of 1st place.   Dallas Seavey and ten dogs arrived at 01 35am followed thirteen minutes later by Nicolas Petit and 13 dogs at 01 48am.   Both teams were lively, but a number of us saw Petit’s thirteen …

March 14 12:46am Mitch Seavey first to White Mtn. Featured - Joe Runyan

March 14 12:46am Mitch Seavey first to White Mtn. Mitch Seavey steam rolled into White MOuntain checkpoint, 77 miles from the Nome finish, at 11:36pm Monday with all twelve of his dogs leaning into harness  A prominent yellow moon had just appeared on the mountain sky line of White Mountain village.  The church bell rang …

Eye on the Trail: UNK on Monday Evening

Mushers turned their bibs in at Nenana for safekeeping.  Even so there were plenty of bibs here in Unalakleet late this afternoon. The skiers participating in the community ski race were all wearing bibs, it wasn’t the mushers.  The ski race takes place directly across the slough from the checkpoint on the dragon’s back. One can …