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Zoom Lens: Restart of Iditarod XLVI

Sled dogs are real characters.  They love to run.  Their excitement is over the top.  This dog from Allen Moore’s team seemed to be very eager to get going.  Every so often it’d stand up to check out the situation up in front with the lead dogs.

Zoom Lens: Ceremonial Start XLVI

Four Countries are represented in Iditarod 46.  Fifty-six teams are from the United States.  Eight teams are out of Canada, two teams from Norway and one team from Sweden.  With Alaska being the 49th  State, it’s a nice coincidence having 49 musher from the state of Alaska.  Other states represented are Washington, Kansas, Michigan, New …

Zoom Lens – Winter Puppies

Musher Matthew Failor of 17th Dog Kennel will be running Iditarod 2018.  Teachers attending the Iditarod’s Winter Teacher Conference visited Failor’s Kennel.  One of the many highlights of the trip was meeting the new batch of puppies.  They are 22 days old.  Their eyes have been open since they were 10 – 12 days old. …

Zoom Lens JR Iditarod

The 41st JR Iditarod is history.  Bailey Schaeffer is the Champion.  Bailey also received the Humanitarian Award for outstanding Dog Care.  Bailey’s lead dog, Bill, received the Blue Harness Award.  Bailey says that Bill is a dependable leader who keeps the team lined out.

Zoom Lens – JR Iditarod Start

With new fallen snow, the JR Iditarod start felt like a magical winter wonderland or perhaps the Alaska version of Narnia.  The mushers are on the trail for the first 75-mile leg of the race.  They’ll rest for ten-hours then apart for the 75 mile finish run.  Check the JR Iditarod webpage for updates.  GPS …

Zoom Lens – Vet Check

The JR Iditarod begins on Saturday, February 24th.  Each of the athletes has a pre-race physical.  The vets check heart, hydration, attitude, appetite, weight, legs and lungs as well as making sure that all vaccinations are up to date.  

Zoom Lens: JR Iditarod XLI

Eleven mushers between the age of 14 and 17 will take to the trail on the last Saturday of February for the JR Iditarod.  They’ll start the race on Knik Lake and travel 75 miles to the Yentna Station Roadhouse.  They will camp, spending their required ten-hour rest, on the shore of the Yentna River. …

Zoom Lens: The Lady in Pink

The early sun brightens DeeDee Jonrowe’s way into Unalakleet early on the Morning of March 14th.  Later this day, Mitch Seavey became the oldest musher to ever win Iditarod and set a new record of 8 days, 3 hours, 40 minutes and 13 seconds for Iditarod XLIV.

Zoom Lens: Weather Can Change Quickly

Weather can change very quickly.  The clear shot of Robert Redington was taken twenty-two minutes earlier than the foggy shot of Lars Monson.

Zoom Lens: Dallas following Mitch

Dallas Seavey is trailing behind his dad, Mitch as the 45th Iditarod reaches the Gold Coast.  Mitch came and went from Unalakleet.  Dallas rested for almost 4 hours.  Mitch will have to rest at the next checkpoint.  Where will the balance be in running, resting and speed for each of these highly competitive men?  Mitch …