Become an Insider – March 4, 2013 6:15 pm
Mitch is in position to win his 2nd Iditarod with his 10 dogs he reached White Mountain at 5:11 Tuesday morning. He now has an 8 hour mandatory rest before he can begin his march to Nome which is 77 miles down the trail.
Preparing for the hills ahead, Allen Moore dropped some dead weight on his way out of the Unalakleet checkpoint Monday night. Moore still has 13 dogs on the line but is without his seat.
As Matt Failor pulled into Unalakleet Monday night, he was hoping a Facebook friend delivered on a much anticipated promise.
With the finish line on the horizon, veteran Kelly Maixner left Unalakleet with the same amount of dogs and less sled. Maixner converted his trail sled into a finishing sled as he pulled out of Unalakleet just before 10:30 Monday night with 12 dogs.
It’s been a rough race for veteran Linwood Fiedler who has been battling a nasty cough the entire race. As he left Unalakleet Monday night, Linwood says the antibiotics have finally taken control.
Sisters Kristy and Anna Berington arrived in Kaltag just after 3:30 am Monday. After an 8 hour rest, both teams headed toward the coast with 10 dogs each. Both teams are made up of younger dogs who are getting used to the trail.
Jodi Bailey arrived in Kaltag at 11:26 am Monday with 11 dogs. The veteran stayed for 19 minutes; just long enough to grab some supplies.
Matt Giblin pulled off the Yukon river and into the Kaltag checkpoint just after 2 am Monday. The veteran rested 13-dog his team for 6 hours before pulling the hook and heading for the coast.
Gerry Sousa pulled into Kaltag Monday morning just after 9 o’clock. The veteran has 11 dogs on his string as he gets some rest at the checkpoint.
Veteran musher Jason Mackey set off from Anchorage with a top 20 finish in mind. Unfortunately for him, troubles with his dog team has made him reevaluate his goal.
After a long hard trip up the Yukon river, rookie Travis Beals worked up a sweat and chose to camp outside the Kaltag checkpoint Sunday night. Unfortunately for the rookie, when the temperatures dropped his boots froze to his feet.
Sunday night heading into Kaltag, Mike Williams, Sr. had some issues with his older leaders so the veteran changed things up and put some young dogs up front. The changed worked out as he left Kaltag just after 11 am with 13 dogs.
Rudy Demoski, Sr. continued his trek toward Nome Monday morning as he left the Kaltag checkpoint behind. The 67-year old says his team is eating great as they head toward Unalakleet.
Jeff King blew through Koyuk this morning but stopped 8 miles outside of the checkpoint. The Insider Crew caught up to him and this is what he had to say.
Jeff King arrived in Koyuk Monday morning picked up some food and left. The 4-time Champion is moving into a position that could earn him a 5th Championship.
Mitch Seavey arrived in Koyuk at 7:42 Monday morning with 11 dogs. Norton Sound is behind him and so is a group of mushers, this race is far from over.