Author: Terrie Hanke (672 posts)


Eye on the Trail: Red Lantern Race Was Close

The last two mushers were waiting in SKW-WM for their required 8-hour rest to expire.  Victoria Hardwick of Bethel took to the trail at 14:57.  Dakota Schlosser of Willow was released at 14:59.  The two mushers were competing for the honor of perseverance -THE RED LANTERN and a Jon Van Zyle original painting.  It wasn’t …

Eye on the Trail: Hal, Larry and Will in Deshka

Hal Hanson was resting in SKWM (Skwentna White Mountain) and talked to Liz Raines, Insider’s Back of the Pack reporter.  Throughout that interview Hal kept coming back to not wanting the race to be over.  His dogs were maturing and he was very proud of their growth and development.  His team started the race in …

Eye on the Trail: Rookies McNeal, Jagow, Underwood and Tuminelli Finish

Joshua McNeal made Deshka Landing and the un-burled arch at 07:07 on Wednesday morning.  Joanna Jagow followed at 08:54 and Sean Underwood closed out the morning arrivals at 11:48.  These three along with all rookie finishers and Rookie of the Year, Chad Stoddard will receive the coveted belt buckle. McNeal drove a team of nine …

Eye on the Trail: Beals, Hall and Buser at Deshka

Travis Beals placed 25th in his 8th running of Iditarod.  Beals is 8 for 8 in his Iditarod career with 3 top 10 finishes and a personal best of 5th place.  In 2015 he was honored as the Most Improved Musher raising his previous finish of 37th to 11th place.  Travis was born and raised …

Eye on the Trail: Failor, Stoddard and the Twins

Matthew Failor of 17th Dog Kennel has finished his ninth Iditarod in 21st place.  Failor was one of the three mushers, including Tom Knolmeyer and Sean Underwood, who encountered serious overflow near Safety Checkpoint in the 2020 race and deemed it necessary to scratch.  Failor’s personal best finish is 13th.  Beginning with the 21st musher, …

Eye on the Trail: Rounding out the top 20

  Ryne Olson has taken a giant leap from a previous best finish of 31st to making the un-burled arch in 18th place on Tuesday.  Ryne is 3 for 3 with Iditarod finishes. She moved to Alaska from Durango, Colorado to pursue dog mushing with Aliy Zirkle and Allen Moore at SP Kennels.  During her …

Eye on the Trail: Holmes, Kaduce and Shvarts at Deshka Landing

Jessie Holmes, Dan Kaduce and Lev Shvarts made the finish at Deshka Landing in 15th, 16th and 17th place respectively.  Fourteen minutes separated their finish times.  All are veterans of the race.  Dan and Lev recorded personal best races advancing upward from past years into the top 20 teams.  Holmes has finished twice in the …

Eye on the Trail: Deeter, Royer and Peck Finish

For Jeff Deeter mushing is about, “experiencing the trail with my dogs and living the unique dream.  The Iditarod is unlike any other event, and running this trail with my four-legged friends is truly amazing.”  Deeter earned his Iditarod finisher’s belt buckle in 2008 placing 59th.  He took ten years off to build his kennel …

Eye on the Trail: Phillips Finishes in 11th

  Watching the tracker for the past couple of days, it looked like Michelle Phillips might break into the top 10.  But there was pressure from behind as Ramey Smyth and Richie Diehl put the pedal to the metal and gradually gained time on Phillips. She’s knocking on the door of the top 10 and …

Eye on the Trail: Rounding Out the Top Ten

Joar Leifseth Ulsom, Richie Diehl and Ramey Smyth arrived in Deshka Landing late Monday afternoon rounding out the top 10 finishers of Iditarod XLIX.  All of these guys have placed in the top 10 in previous races. Capturing 8th place is Joar Leifseth Ulsom.  He is the 2018 Iditarod Champion.  This is his ninth start …