Author: Terrie Hanke (673 posts)


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 …

Eye on the Trail: Petit and Redington Finish

Nicolas Petit is the 6th musher to finish Iditarod XLIX.  He covered the 67 miles from Skwentna Checkpoint to Deshka Landing in 9 hours and 19 minutes traveling at 7.19 mph.  Of the 7 teams who have finished so far today, Nic is one of 4 who’ve been in the 7 mph range.  Others have …

Eye on the Trail: Marrs 4th, Porsild 5th and BOP

Traffic at Deshka Landing is picking up pace on Monday afternoon after the top three teams arrive very early this morning.  Wade Marrs has arrived in 4th place followed by Mille Porsild in 5th place.  Wade has held a position in the top 10 since Iditarod Checkpoint.  Mille took her long rest in Iditarod and …

Eye on the Trail: Burmeister and Sass Improve

Aaron Burmeister and Brent Sass improved their previous personal best Iditarod finishes upon making the un-burled arch at Deshka Landing.  Aaron claimed 3rd place in 2020 and Brent earned 4th place in 2020.  Today Aaron crossed the finish line in second and Brent crossed in third. Burmeister and Sass were in position to challenge 2021 …

Eye on the Trail: Tied at Five

Dallas Seavey claimed his fifth Iditarod Championship at 05:08 Monday morning.  He covered the 848 mile Gold Trail Loop in 7 days, 14, hours and 8 minutes, finishing with 10 dogs in harness.  The 49th Iditarod threw many challenges at mushers including frigid temperatures, navigating the Farewell Burn, the Dalzell Gorge, the Alaska Range and …

Eye on the Trail: Champion in Skwentna

With the Gold Trail Loop, there have been some elements of Iditarod that have been missing in 2021.  That list would include – the wide wind-in-your-face Yukon River, the winds of Shaktoolik, the ground blizzards of Norton Bay, the fierce storms of the Gold Coast, Little McKinley, Topkok, the blow hole, the one of a …

Eye on the Trail: Trio Leads on Sunday

  At the farthest end of the race, Ophir his returned to ghost town status.  At the near end of the race, Finger Lake is about to get busy and stay busy for several days.  With the checkpoint located right in front of Winter Lake Lodge, the proprietors of the Lodge, Kristin and Carl Dixon …

Eye on the Trail: Saturday Summary

As of late Saturday afternoon, Iditarod the checkpoint has become Iditarod the ghost town and Rohn the ghost town has a population of 2 dog teams (Burmeister and Sass) plus volunteers.  Dallas Seavey checked into Rohn and departed.  More teams will arrive in Rohn within the hour. The field of the 2021 Iditarod is now …

Eye on the Trail: Photos by Poyzer – Iditarod

The man behind the camera, Dave Poyzer, captured some beautiful photos of the action out in Iditarod.  When Dallas Seavey looked at the thermometer on his sled it read 52 degrees below zero.  Seavey thought is was malfunctioning.  It turned out to be exactly accurate.  How did Dave manage?  He kept his camera cold and …

Eye on the Trail: Leaders Out of Nikolai

Today is a day of keeping your eye on the trail through the tracker and race standings.  In the wee hours of Saturday the 13th, Dallas Seavey arrived in Nikolai.  Aaron Burmeister, Ryan Redington and Brent Sass followed him in that order.  Seavey and Redington chose to rest in Nikolai while Burmeister and Sass went …