Iditarod

Group of mushers turn back to Elim due to poor trail conditions

A group of mushers have turned back to Elim to reassess the conditions and determine when to progress up the trail. Mushers in Elim include: Riley Dyche, Dennis Kananowicz, Kaci Murringer, Deke Naaktgeboren, Monica Zappa, Damon Ramaker, Laura Neese, Martin Buser, Fabio Berlusconi, Magnus Kaltenborn, and Grayson Bruton. All mushers and their dogs are safe …

Update on mushers Underwood, Knolmayer, and Failor condition

Very high winds and warm temperatures created a deep overflow of water on a section of the Iditarod trail near Safety. The race teams of Sean Underwood (bib #46), Tom Knolmayer (bib #30) and Matthew Failor (bib #29) encountered the deteriorated conditions and as a result, activated their emergency beacons at approximately 9 a.m. this …

Insider coverage to continue but limited

Dear Insiders As you know this year’s race is being run under extraordinary circumstances. We have scaled down our operations to mission critical in conjunction with the city of Nome and to minimize extended time away from families. Our hearty Insider Crew worked even more long hours on the trail this year than ever before. …

Three teams rescued by helicopter near Safety checkpoint

Very high winds and warm temperatures created deep overflow of water on a section of the trail near Safety. As a result, Sean Underwood, Tom Knolmayer and Matthew Failor requested assistance and were rescued by helicopter.  They are currently being evaluated for precautionary measures. All sled dogs are in good condition and being transferred to …

Mille Porsild wins Rookie of the Year

Iditarod rookie Mille Porsild (bib #32) of Denmark won Rookie of the Year when she and her race team finished under the burled arch in Nome on Wednesday, March 18, at 1:43 p.m. Porsild is the first woman to win Rookie of the Year since 2007 and only the seventh in the race’s 48-year history. …

Robert Bundtzen scratches at Elim checkpoint

Veteran Iditarod musher Robert Bundtzen (bib #54) of Anchorage, Alaska, scratched at 4:49 p.m. today at the Elim checkpoint. Bundtzen received outside assistance from three snowmachiners and in accordance with rule 31, he scratched. Race marshal Mark Nordman spoke with the race judge in Elim and confirmed Bundtzen and his race team are fine. He …

Jason Campeau scratches at White Mountain checkpoint

Veteran Iditarod musher Jason Campeau (bib #19) of Rocky Mountain House, Alberta, Canada scratched at 12:15 p.m. today at the White Mountain checkpoint. Campeau made the decision to scratch in the best interest of the team’s welfare. Campeau had nine dogs in harness at the time he made the decision to scratch.

Nicolas Petit scratches between Elim and White Mountain checkpoints

  Veteran Iditarod musher Nicolas Petit (bib #21) of Girdwood, Alaska, scratched at 5:20 a.m. today between the Elim and White Mountain checkpoints. In combination of weather and resulting trail conditions, Petit was not able to continue, and by activating his SOS, Petit scratched. Petit received assistance from Golovin Search and Rescue to the shelter …

Robert Redington scratches at Elim checkpoint

Veteran Iditarod musher Robert Redington (bib #28) of Willow, Alaska, scratched at 8:30 p.m. today at the Elim checkpoint.  Redington made the decision to scratch in the best interest of his race team. Redington had eight dogs in harness at the time he made the decision to scratch.

Karin Hendrickson scratches at Shaktoolik checkpoint

Veteran Iditarod musher Karin Hendrickson (bib #15) of Wasilla, Alaska, scratched at 2:30 p.m. today. Hendrickson scratched at the Shaktoolik checkpoint, which was relocated to Old Shaktoolik with help from the community. Hendrickson made the decision to scratch in the best interest of her race team. Hendrickson had nine dogs in harness at the time …