Final preparations in Takotna

It’s fascinating how much work has to happen to make the Iditarod happen every year. I’ve been in Takotna for about 24 hours, and it’s been eye opening to see how much work is going into getting the checkpoint all set up and prepared for the mushers to arrive sometime this evening.

We’ve got 6 great trail crew volunteering here, plus two communications guys, a handful of vets, and various volunteers still trickling into the checkpoint preparing for musher arrivals! Traditionally mushers arrive here close to midnight Tuesday night, but this year’s pace is near record fast so we’re anticipating musher arrivals before that, depending on who choose to take their 24 hour rest in McGrath vs here in Takotna.