Author: Terrie Hanke (606 posts)


Eye on the Trail: Snow, SNOW and MORE SNOW

It was a start like nothing in the recent past.  Nobody can remember having snow falling at a rate of 3 inches per hour for the start of Iditarod.  In the past 24 hours, 16 inches of snow has fallen in Willow.  Some mushers think the snow will slow the teams down early on which …

Eye on the Trail: Waiting to Restart

In only a few hours, the 2020 Iditarod mushers will be on the clock.  The start is scheduled for 1400 going out of the Willow Community Center.  As of now, falling snow – lots of snow – is the big story.  As mushers arrive and take to the trail, many more stories will be shared.  …

Eye on the Trail – Preparing for 2020

As I write, dump trucks are delivering snow to 4th Avenue and Cordova Street to create the “city” part of the trail for the 2020 Iditarod   The Ceremonial Start is the media’s opportunity to feature the mushers and dogs.  It’s the Iditarider’s opportunity to speed down 4th Avenue and through the Anchorage trail system for …

Eye on the Trail – Joanne Potts Honored by Mushers

Upon completion of the Iditarod, rookie mushers receive the coveted finisher’s belt buckle.  Joanne Potts received a 1975 finisher’s buckle at the 2020 Musher’s banquet.  Aaron Burmeister brought Potts to the stage having her draw his starting position from the mukluk then presented her with the finisher’s belt buckle.  Retirement and Joanne Potts just don’t …

Eye on the Jr. – Celebration of Success

The Celebration of Success for the 2020 Jr. Iditarod was held in the Willow Community Center.  Snow had fallen during the night all along the trail and continued through the day on Sunday.  That translates into a slow run for the home stretch of the race.  The mushers and dogs handled it well.  To quote …

Eye on the Jr. – Running to Willow

The Jr. Iditarod mushers are back on the trail heading to Willow and the finish line.  Julia Cross lead all mushers into Yentna and departed at 03:44 to lead all mushers to Willow.  Trailbreakers departed before the mushers.  Measurable snow fell during the night to create a winter wonderland.  Yentna reported 16 inches and Eagle …

Eye on the Jr. – Running to Yentna

It was partly cloudy in Knik and the temperature was just above the zero mark.  Light winds brought the feels like temperature down a few degrees but by mushing standards it is a great day for a race. Mother Nature has been good to mushers and snow machiners over the recent weeks, providing adequate snowfall.  …

Eye on the Jr. – Bib Draw

Nine mushers will be heading to Knik Lake in the morning for the start of Jr. Iditarod XLIII.  Earlier today mushers brought their dogs in for vet check.  This evening they gathered for bib draw, pizza and race rules/information.  As the mushers came forward to draw their bib number, they all had hopes and expectations …

Eye on the Jr. – Vet Check

After 43 years, it’s very predictable.  Jr. Iditarod is the last weekend of February.  The mushers will meet with race officials to draw bib numbers on Friday evening.  There will be pizza for the mushers and their parents.  Earlier the same day, mushers bring their canine athletes in for vet check. This morning I was …

Eye on the Jr. – Honoring the Petersons

It’s a long-standing tradition for both the Jr. Iditarod and Iditarod to honor people who have given their time, energy and talents to the race.  The Jr. Iditarod salutes Linda and Dale Peterson as the honorary mushers for the 2020 race.  The Petersons will be wearing bibs with the #1 for the start of the …