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Race Work Continues

Iditarod 2019 is drawing to a close in Nome. Nome embraces the race in a big way. And last night was the finisher’s banquet at the Nome rec center. But it’s not only the banquet that takes coordination here. On Saturday, Dawn Ubelaker, Iditarod Nome Coordinator, had a few minutes to explain a bit about …

Eye on the Trail: Iditarod XLVII Awards Photo Journal

The finisher’s Banquet in Nome is a gala event celebrating both the challenge and success of the Iditarod.  Special awards are presented and the recipients have the opportunity to speak about the events surrounding the award.  Each musher is called to the podium in finish order to receive recognition and have the opportunity to share …

What do sled dogs do after they finish the Iditarod?

Yesterday I got asked what my dogs did after I finished the race last year – I finished on Saturday morning, my dogs and I flew home on Wednesday after the banquet. So what did we do for three days? We gave dog sled rides! My host family, the Owens family, does dog sled rides …

Iditarod XLVII Special Awards

Alaska Air Transit Spirit of Iditarod Award – Nicolas Petit First Musher to McGrath – Beaver Mitts by Loretta Maillelle of McGrath Musher hat made by Rosalie Egrass of McGrath   GCI Dorothy G. Page Halfway Award – Aliy Zirkle First Musher to Iditarod – $3,000 in gold nuggets, Commemorative Trophy   The Lakefront Anchorage …

Eye on the Trail: Kristin Bacon Arrives in Nome

Kristin was first introduced to sled dogs in the winter of 1999.  She began volunteering at the Skwentna Checkpoint for Iditarod in 2005. In 2011 she decided to start her own dog team and acquired Libby from Ryan Redington.  Libby delivered puppies and that team completed their first Iditarod in 2016.  This year is Kristin’s third …

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 …