Author: Terrie Hanke (740 posts)


Flashback Photo(s) – Terrie Hanke, 2006 Iditarod Teacher on the Trail

More times than I can count or even remember during the 2006 Iditarod, I found myself in the presence of Iditarod icons, not only people who raced but people who in the early days helped make the race happen.  On the first evening of the 2006 race, I was seated across the table for Joe …

Eye on the Trail: Iditarod LI

The first few sentences of the 51st Chapter of the book of Iditarod were written on Saturday June 25th at the Musher Sign-up and Volunteer Picnic.  It’s a gala annual event held the final Saturday of June to thank the throng of volunteers who make the race happen and welcome mushers as they commit to …

Eye on the Trail: Nome Banquet and Awards

The return to the traditional Finisher’s Banquet format in Nome was welcomed by mushers, families, sponsors and Iditarod fans alike.  After two years of anything but normal, it felt very good to gather two weeks after the Willow start to celebrate the 50th running of Iditarod at the Recreation Center in Nome.  Awards were presented …

Eye on the Trail:  Red Lantern to Apayauq Reitan

Veteran Iditarod musher Aqayauq Reitan (bib #47) of Kaktovik, Alaska, is the final musher to reach Nome on March 19th at 11:39 p.m. with seven dogs. In its inaugural year as a sponsor, Lynden chose to honor the Red Lantern finisher for their perseverance and commitment to completing the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race through …

Eye on the Trail:  Final Four Into Nome

Before Kaylin Davis, one of the final four to leave White Mountain departed the checkpoint, she answered a few questions for Insider.  Without a doubt,  the most important question and one that was on everyone’s mind, “How did she feel about heading out of White Mountain to Topkok and beyond after mushers needed to be …

Eye on the Trail: The Shelter Cabin Crew

When Riley Dyche left White Mountain at 20:06 on the evening of St. Patrick’s Day, he fully expected to be in Nome within 12 hours.  The same was true for second year rookie Sebastien Dos Santos Borges, veteran Jeff Deeter and his wife, KattiJo Deeter, a first year Iditarod Rookie who departed White Mountain in …

Eye on the Tail: Riley Dyche makes Nome

Riley Dyche was undoubtedly glad to see Front Street and the Burled Arch of Nome.  He’s proof that patience is a virtue.  Riley persevered through the winds of Topkok and made it to the Nome Kennel Club shelter cabin  at mile 926.  He stayed at the cabin for well more than 24-hours until the wind …

Eye on the Trail: Mother Nature Rules

March 18th certainly didn’t turn out as expected.  It was an incredibly hectic day for race officials even though no one made the finish line in Nome.  It was a day when mushers would need to make critical decisions for the safety of their dogs and themselves.  It was a day when people came together …

Eye on the Trail: Nome on St. Patrick’s Day Part II

Deke Naaktgeboren has completed his second Iditarod.  He’s negotiated the Steps, the Gorge, and the snowless Burn.  He’s navigated the sea ice and head winds of the Norton Sound and he’s persevered over Topkok and through the Blow Hole to finish in 29th place.  Deke’s run time was 11 days, 4 hours and 12 minutes …

Eye on the Trail: Nome on St. Patrick’s Day Part I

Just like all the people in Nome, I’m watching the tracker and waiting for the first musher to arrive on St. Patrick’s Day.  It’s going to be a close one.  Tracker shows veteran Martin Buser and rookie Joe Taylor running at mile 964.  Now granted with 5,280 feet in a mile they could be nearly …