Author: Terrie Hanke (592 posts)


Eye on the Trail: Martin Apayauq Reitan and Ryan Santiago in Top 30

A pair of rookies captured 28th and 29th place in Iditarod XLVII.  Martin Apayauq Reitan is running a team from the Reitan Kennel in Kaktovik, Alaska.  Ryan Santiago is running young dogs from the Seavey Kennel in Sterling, Alaska.   Martin Apayauq Reitan at the age of 21 is the youngest contestant in Iditarod XLVII.  Martin is of …

Eye on the Trail: Mackey and Holmes in Nome 5 Seconds Apart

Lance Mackey and Jessie Holmes came down Front Street side by side just as close as they traveled much of the distance from White Mountain.  Upon setting their snow hooks, the two men embraced and said together, “We made it!” Mackey is a 15-year veteran of the race with 13 finishes, four of those as …

Eye on the Trail: Aaron Peck, Charley Bejna and Michi Konno in Nome

Aaron Peck, Charley Bejna and Michi Konno made Nome in the early hours of Friday March 15th to complete Iditarod XLVII.  The trio greeted by fans and family drove down Front Street with snow falling and winds blowing – the norm for Nome in 2019.  Peck left Grayling with 7 dogs in harness, returned a dog …

Eye on the Trail: Hopkins 21st and Buser 22nd

Staying true to the race pattern, Ed Hopkins and Martin Buser took 3 hours 12 minutes and 3 hours 21 minutes respectively to cover the distance from Safety to Nome.  Hopkins arrived at the Burled arch at 23:07 on Thursday March 14th with an elapsed race time of 11 days, 8 hours and 7 minutes. Buser arrived …

Eye on the Trail: Pettersson Closes Top 20

Matts Pettersson of Kiruna, Sweden has completed his sixth Iditarod in 20th place. Petterssen has played Professional Hockey as a goalie but had to give up the sport after a serious snow machine accident.  After the accident he focused completely on the dogs and since has worked full time with his sled dog company, Kiruna Sleddog Tours.  …

Eye on the Trail: Matthew Failor and Seth Barnes in Top Twenty

We could tell from the GPS Tracker that Matthew Failor and Seth Barnes had been playing leap frog for the last 77 miles of the race.  Who’d come to the arch first?  It’s hard to tell when the tracker has them stacked one on top of the other.  It’s not even possible to tell who’s …

Eye on the Trail: Berington Twins finish 16thand 17th

Seeing Double is exactly who they are – together Kristy and Anna Berington own/operate Seeing Double Sled Dog Racing.  With their finish this afternoon, Iditarod has 5 women who have finished in the top twenty mushers, actually top seventeen mushers. Kristy made the arch one-minute before Anna.  They completed their run from Willow to Nome …

Eye on the Trail: Wade Marrs 14th and Jeff Deeter 15th

Wade Marrs made Nome early on Thursday March 14th in fourteenth place with an elapsed time of 10 days, 14 hours and 26 minutes.  Wade and team really hustled from Safety to Nome.  While most teams took between 3 and 4 hours to cover the 22-mile distance, Wade and the nine dogs he had in harness …

Eye on the Trail: King Makes a Baker’s Dozen

Jeff King, one of Iditarod’s four time champions arrived in the chute at 04:07 on Thursday morning March 14th to claim 13th place.  This race marks King’s 29th run and his 26th finish.  His run to Nome in Iditarod XLVII lasted 10 days, 13 hours and 7 minutes.  His average speed was 3.90 miles per hour. King earned his …

Eye on the Trail: Fiedler Makes a Dozen

Linwood Fiedler arrived in Nome at 03:09 on Thursday March 14th in twelfth place.  This marks Fiedler’s 25th race and 21st finish.  He made the run in 10 days, 12 hours and 9 minutes with an average speed of 3.91 miles per hour.  He had 11 very enthusiastic energetic dogs in harness at the Burled Arch. Fiedler summed …