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No feeling like crossing under that burled arch

Last year as I crested Cape Nome I burst into tears, as all the emotions of the last two weeks hit me – I finally knew that I would really make it to the finish line, I wasn’t going to scratch, I wasn’t going to be an Iditarod rookie anymore. All the rookies that have …

Eye on the Trail: Martin Apayauq Reitan and Ryan Santiago in Top 30

A pair of rookies captured 28th and 29th place in Iditarod XLVII.  Martin Apayauq Reitan is running a team from the Reitan Kennel in Kaktovik, Alaska.  Ryan Santiago is running young dogs from the Seavey Kennel in Sterling, Alaska.   Martin Apayauq Reitan at the age of 21 is the youngest contestant in Iditarod XLVII.  Martin is of …

Eye on the Trail: Mackey and Holmes in Nome 5 Seconds Apart

Lance Mackey and Jessie Holmes came down Front Street side by side just as close as they traveled much of the distance from White Mountain.  Upon setting their snow hooks, the two men embraced and said together, “We made it!” Mackey is a 15-year veteran of the race with 13 finishes, four of those as …

Eye on the Trail: Aaron Peck, Charley Bejna and Michi Konno in Nome

Aaron Peck, Charley Bejna and Michi Konno made Nome in the early hours of Friday March 15th to complete Iditarod XLVII.  The trio greeted by fans and family drove down Front Street with snow falling and winds blowing – the norm for Nome in 2019.  Peck left Grayling with 7 dogs in harness, returned a dog …

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Come on down to Front Street in Nome 1.40 p.m ish

Come on down to Front Street in NOME. Lance Mackey and Jessie Holmes plan to put on a good finishing show. They want to run in side by side! Lets see how that works out and give them a warm welcome. I am guessing 1.40 p.m ish for a finish! And … the other good …

Eye on the Trail: Hopkins 21st and Buser 22nd

Staying true to the race pattern, Ed Hopkins and Martin Buser took 3 hours 12 minutes and 3 hours 21 minutes respectively to cover the distance from Safety to Nome.  Hopkins arrived at the Burled arch at 23:07 on Thursday March 14th with an elapsed race time of 11 days, 8 hours and 7 minutes. Buser arrived …

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Friday Morning update from White Mountain

4 time Quest and Iditarod Champion Lance Mackey and 2018 Iditarod Rookie of the Year Jessie Holmes left the White Mountain checkpoint together last night. They are having a blast. Jessie has basically taken almost another 24 hr layover. He enjoyed a great day of hospitality here in White Mountain. It gives a nice opportunity …

Eye on the Trail: Pettersson Closes Top 20

Matts Pettersson of Kiruna, Sweden has completed his sixth Iditarod in 20th place. Petterssen has played Professional Hockey as a goalie but had to give up the sport after a serious snow machine accident.  After the accident he focused completely on the dogs and since has worked full time with his sled dog company, Kiruna Sleddog Tours.  …

Eye on the Trail: Matthew Failor and Seth Barnes in Top Twenty

We could tell from the GPS Tracker that Matthew Failor and Seth Barnes had been playing leap frog for the last 77 miles of the race.  Who’d come to the arch first?  It’s hard to tell when the tracker has them stacked one on top of the other.  It’s not even possible to tell who’s …

Eye on the Trail: Berington Twins finish 16thand 17th

Seeing Double is exactly who they are – together Kristy and Anna Berington own/operate Seeing Double Sled Dog Racing.  With their finish this afternoon, Iditarod has 5 women who have finished in the top twenty mushers, actually top seventeen mushers. Kristy made the arch one-minute before Anna.  They completed their run from Willow to Nome …