Eye on the Trail: Petit and Redington Finish

Nicolas Petit is the 6th musher to finish Iditarod XLIX.  He covered the 67 miles from Skwentna Checkpoint to Deshka Landing in 9 hours and 19 minutes traveling at 7.19 mph.  Of the 7 teams who have finished so far today, Nic is one of 4 who’ve been in the 7 mph range.  Others have …

Eye on the Trail: Marrs 4th, Porsild 5th and BOP

Traffic at Deshka Landing is picking up pace on Monday afternoon after the top three teams arrive very early this morning.  Wade Marrs has arrived in 4th place followed by Mille Porsild in 5th place.  Wade has held a position in the top 10 since Iditarod Checkpoint.  Mille took her long rest in Iditarod and …

Eye on the Trail: Burmeister and Sass Improve

Aaron Burmeister and Brent Sass improved their previous personal best Iditarod finishes upon making the un-burled arch at Deshka Landing.  Aaron claimed 3rd place in 2020 and Brent earned 4th place in 2020.  Today Aaron crossed the finish line in second and Brent crossed in third. Burmeister and Sass were in position to challenge 2021 …

Rookie Iditarod musher Jeremy Traska scratches at Nikolai (S) checkpoint

Rookie Iditarod musher Jeremy Traska (bib #5) of Two Rivers, Alaska, scratched at midnight at the Nikolai (S) checkpoint. Traska made the decision to scratch in the best interest of his race team. Traska had nine dogs in harness at the time he made the decision to scratch.

Eye on the Trail: Tied at Five

Dallas Seavey claimed his fifth Iditarod Championship at 05:08 Monday morning.  He covered the 848 mile Gold Trail Loop in 7 days, 14, hours and 8 minutes, finishing with 10 dogs in harness.  The 49th Iditarod threw many challenges at mushers including frigid temperatures, navigating the Farewell Burn, the Dalzell Gorge, the Alaska Range and …

Dallas Seavey wins record-tying fifth Iditarod championship

Veteran Iditarod musher Dallas Seavey (bib #23) of Talkeetna, Alaska, crossed the finish line of the Iditarod Gold Trail Loop in Deshka Landing at 5:08 a.m. today, claiming his fifth Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race championship. Seavey is now tied with mushing legend Rick Swenson with five total championships. Seavey had 10 dogs in harness …

Eye on the Trail: Champion in Skwentna

With the Gold Trail Loop, there have been some elements of Iditarod that have been missing in 2021.  That list would include – the wide wind-in-your-face Yukon River, the winds of Shaktoolik, the ground blizzards of Norton Bay, the fierce storms of the Gold Coast, Little McKinley, Topkok, the blow hole, the one of a …

Dallas Seavey first to Skwentna, wins Northrim Bank Achieve More Award

Veteran Iditarod musher Dallas Seavey (bib #23) of Talkeetna, Alaska, was the first musher to reach the Skwentna (south) checkpoint today at 12:44 p.m. with 10 dogs. With the modified Iditarod Gold Trail Loop for the 2021 race, Northrim Bank’s award moved from the White Mountain checkpoint to the Skwentna checkpoint. Seavey receives a $2,500 …

Dallas Seavey first to Rainy Pass, wins Ryan Air Gold Coast Award

Veteran Iditarod musher Dallas Seavey (bib #23), of Talkeetna, Alaska, was the first musher to reach the Rainy Pass checkpoint at 3:04 a.m. today with 12 dogs in harness, winning the Ryan Air Gold Coast Award. Ryan Air is a returning Lead Dog sponsor of the 2021 Iditarod. The award consists of $1,000 in gold nuggets and …

Veteran Iditarod musher Dennis Kananowicz scratches at McGrath (S) checkpoint

Veteran Iditarod musher Dennis Kananowicz (bib #8) of Tolsona, Alaska, scratched at 4:19 a.m. today at the McGrath (S) checkpoint. Kananowicz made the decision to scratch in the best interest of his race team. Kananowicz had 11 dogs in harness at the time he made the decision to scratch.