Author: Terrie Hanke (738 posts)


Eye on the Trail: Teams March to Nome on Wednesday Morning

Shortly after midnight of March 16, Ryan Redington claimed the 9th position in the 50th Iditarod.  Ryan arrived in Nome at 00:26.  His 9th place finish makes three consecutive top 10’s for Ryan.  He has completed his eighth race out of sixteen attempts.  His average race speed was 4.28 mph with a total elapsed time …

Eye on the Trail: Ides of March Brings Eight to Nome

Eight teams competed the 50th Iditarod on March 15th, also known as the Ides of March.  The Ides comes from the Roman calendar originally noting the deadline for settling debts.  In 44BC it was the day Julius Caesar was assassinated, a real turning point in Roman History.  In 2022 it was the day marking the …

Eye on the Trail: Hanna, Joar, and Lev

Hanna Lyrek’s biggest fan is her mom, who ran Iditarod back in 2005 and placed in 37th position with a time of 11 days, 13 hours and 39 minutes.  With a little luck, Hannah will finish her rookie run in the top 20 positions claiming the honor of Rookie of the Year.  Hannah is not …

Eye on the Trail: Runner Up Dallas Seavey

In a race frosted with all sorts of challenges, Dallas Seavey has claimed the title of runner up.  Dallas followed Champion Brent Sass to the burled arch in Nome by 1 hour and 8 minutes.  He was greeted by cheering fans and by his daughter who was happy to see her father. Seavey walked forward …

Eye on the Trail: Champion Crowned, Winners Follow

Veteran Iditarod musher Brent Sass (bib #27) of Eureka, Alaska, crossed the finish line of the 50th running of the Iditarod in Nome at 5:38 a.m. today, claiming his first Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race championship. Sass wins his first championship in his seventh time competing.  After two previous top-10 finishes, Sass crosses under Burled …

Eye on the Trail: Peck, Kaduce & Diehl in Koyuk

While front runners Brent Sass and Dallas Seavey rest in White Mountain, there are eight fellows with dog teams resting in Koyuk, 94-miles back down the trail.  There’s quite a distance between the front runners and the rest of the top 10.  But really there’s nothing that says one of the teams that’s traversing Norton …

Eye on the Trail: Northrim Achieve More Award to Sass

Veteran Iditarod musher Brent Sass (bib #27) of Eureka, Alaska, was the first musher to reach the White Mountain checkpoint today (March 14) at 11:05 a.m. with 12 dogs. Northrim Bank’s award was first given out in 2018. Sass receives a $2,500 check and a special trophy that resides at Iditarod headquarters year-round. New this …

Eye on the Trail: The Eighth Day

As the sun rises on the eighth day of Iditarod 2020, we see a Yukon River and Coast Race.  After Kailyn Davis and Lisbet Norris departed Ruby the trail crew is dismantling the checkpoint.  Race personnel are being relocated or flown to Unalakleet to head home.  Davis and Norris join Apayauq Reitan and Yuka Honda …

Eye on the Trail: Norton Sound Then and Now

Over the years, the trail out of Shaktoolik toward Koyuk (COY-uk) has been the scene of significant mushing history.  Dating all the way back to 1925 and the Serum Run, Leonard Seppala thought he was going to meet a Serum Runner somewhere on the Yukon River then take the antitoxin and head back to Nome.  …

Eye on the Trail: Focus on Galena

Galena is a town of over 700 people and serves as the transportation, government and commercial center for the western Interior.  While some folks still rely on a subsistence lifestyle, most are employed in government, transportation, health care, education, retail, construction or fire-fighting jobs.  The K-12 school in Galena is named after the late Sidney …