Iditarod

Speeches at the finisher’s banquet

The finisher’s banquet is everybody’s favorite and least favorite part of the race – the mushers get to reflect and share stories from the trail, and they thank their sponsors before collecting their trophies, finisher’s patches, and vet books before signing autographs and heading back to their table to listen to the rest of the …

Eye on the Trail: Jeremy Keller Makes Nome

Jeremy Keller of Knik is back on the trail after his rookie run in 2007.  Keller finished that race in 54th place in a time of 15 days, 15 hours and 55 minutes.  His 2019 run is an improvement in both place and time. By the time Keller got to the Yukon River, he had returned …

Eye on the Trail: Braverman 36th into Nome

Blair Braverman grew up in California but had her first mushing experiences in Norway.  As a teenager, Blaire went to Norway to attend a folk school to learn how to drive and care for dogs and herself in the Arctic. She has a BA in Environmental Law and an MFA in Nonfiction Writing.  Blair has authored …

Family is a musher’s biggest support on and off the trail

No musher could get through this race without the support of their friends and family. I had a chance to talk to Blair Braverman’s mom this morning right after Blair crossed the finish line, and her mom told me she was so proud of Blair with tears in her eyes as she watched Blair go …

Eye on the Trail: Anja Radano Happy to see Nome

With 10 spirited dogs in harness, Anja made the Burled Arch at 7:53 on Sunday March 17th. She snacked her dogs, not with corned beef and cabbage but with frozen meat and fat. Anja was happy to be in Nome and said the race was much more difficult than last year.  On the way in from White …

Eye on the Trail: Stokey 34th Musher into Nome

Sarah Stokey was born and raised in Massachusetts.  Since 2010 she’s lived in Seward Alaska to pursue her dream of running dogs.  More than one musher has come to Iditarod through the Disney movie, Iron Will.  Sarah is included in that number.  A year after arriving in Alaska, Sarah met Travis Beals and they began …

Eye on the Trail: Rookie Alison Lifka and Michael Baker Into Nome

Alison Lifka arrived in White Mountain at 04:45 on Saturday March 16th.  She rested the required 8 hours and headed out for the 77 mile run through Safety to Nome at 13:20.  Arriving mushers have commented that the infamous blowhole has been calm. Nice of Mother Nature to oblige the mushers in that often challenging spot …

Eye on the Trail: Jason Campeau and Jessica Klejka Into Nome

Jason Campeau has made Nome in 12 days, 6 hours and 49 minutes to claim 30th place in the 2019 Iditarod.  Campeau was very happy to complete his third Iditarod.  Jason is a Yukon Quest and Iditarod veteran.  He was slated to run both races in 2018 but was injured in the Quest and was …

No feeling like crossing under that burled arch

Last year as I crested Cape Nome I burst into tears, as all the emotions of the last two weeks hit me – I finally knew that I would really make it to the finish line, I wasn’t going to scratch, I wasn’t going to be an Iditarod rookie anymore. All the rookies that have …

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 …