Race Coverage

Eye on the Trail: Nome early on Friday

Nineteen year old rookie Noah Pereira has finished his first Iditarod.  He was met by his family, friends and his proud mentor, Wade Marrs at the burled arch.  Pereira was the first musher to arrive on March 18 at 0141.  He was the leader of the thirteen mushers we expect to celebrate with under the …

Eye on the Trail: March 17th Late in Nome

The finish line was busy during the final hours of March 17th.  Becca Moore, Alan Eischens and Bob Bundtzen arrived just in time to say they spent St. Patrick’s Day in Nome, Safety and White Mountain.  Becca, Alan and Bob were all greeted by joyous friends, fans and family to celebrate their completion of Iditarod …

Eye on the Trail: 3 Supper Time Arrivals in Nome

Melissa Owens Stewart made her first attempt at Iditarod in 2008.  She finished in 30th place and in doing so claimed the honor of being one of the youngest females to ever complete the Iditarod.  Melissa is also a four-time Jr. Iditarod competitor.  In 2004 at the age of 14, Melissa claimed 13th place out …

Eye on the Trail: After the St. Patrick’s Day Parade

“Hopefully this is the beginning of a good year because I could use a really good year,” said DeeDee Jonrowe under the Burled Arch in Nome when she was congratulated on finishing her 31st Iditarod.  Indeed she could.  Back in June the Jonrowe’s lost their home to the Sockeye fire and a few weeks later …

Eye on the Trail: Early St. Patrick’s Day

Wearing bib #48 Martin Buser arrived in Nome in 37th place at 0231 on St. Patrick’s Day.  Martin was preceded to the burled arch by Tore Albrigtsen who arrived at 0205.  Tore is featured in a previous story, Norwegian Nine in Nome. When asked at the arch about the challenges of the race, Martin cited …

Eye on the Trail: Norwegian Nine all in Nome

The 26th musher to cross the finish line in Nome during Iditarod XLIV was rookie Geir Idar Hjelvik.  His run time for the northern route was 9 day, 17 hours and 24 minutes.  He earns Rookie of the Year honors over Lars Monson by three places.  Ketil Reitan claimed 28th place.  Monson finished in 29th …

Eye on the Trail: Top 4 Norwegians in Nome

The banner I saw on the Dragon’s Back fence in Unalakleet has now made it to Nome.  Suspended from the Polaris Hotel, it greets the Norwegian mushers at the Burled Arch.  There are nine altogether and they’ve done well in Iditarod 2016.  Let’s take a look at the top 4 Norwegian finishers. Joar Leifseth Ulsom …

Eye on the Trail: Last News from UNK

Noah Pereria has left Unalakleet with 12 very happy dogs.  They were all on their feet with tails flagging and ready when the boss pulled the snow hook.  Before leaving they moved over to investigate the new team belonging to  Lisbet Norris that had just come into the checkpoint.  Noah lined his team out and …

Eye on the Trail: Tuesday First Light in Unk

Sunrise and sunset in Unalakleet provide beautiful unique light for photos.  This morning was rather crisp, I’d guess zero or a little below and the wind was adding just a little wind chill.  It was a great time to be on the ice at the checkpoint.  Teams who’d come in over night were snuggled in …

Eye on the Trail: Buser, Williams and Lanier

Martin Buser arrived in Unalakleet this morning at roughly 1030.  True to his efficient reputation, Martin’s dogs were on straw, fed and resting in less than half an hour.  Martin went up to the checkpoint for a hot meal and some rest.  He knows so many people along the trail, there was undoubtedly some socializing …