Iditarod

Local News
2:07 pm
Tue March 3, 2015

Iditarod Fairbanks Re-Start Adjusted

Fairbanks North Star Borough Mayor Luke Hopkins and Iditarod Trail Committee Executive Director Stan Hooley shake hands at a press conference Monday on changes to the March 9th race re-start in Fairbanks.
Credit Dan Bross / KUAC

The Iditarod has changed its plan for the Fairbanks re-start. As KUAC’s Dan Bross reports, this winter’s warm weather that forced the re-start north from Anchorage is also causing problems in Fairbanks.

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Local News
1:18 pm
Tue March 3, 2015

Invitational Record Falls Again

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Credit Iditarod Trail Invitational

A cyclist has set a new record in the 350 mile Iditarod Trail Invitational human powered race. KUAC’s Dan Bross reports.

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Iditarod
5:44 am
Wed February 11, 2015

Iditarod restart relocated to Fairbanks

Dawson City, YK - The Iditarod Trail Committee’s board of directors decided Tuesday to relocate the start of this year’s 1000 mile sled dog race from Willow north to Fairbanks citing lack of snow and trail conditions that mimic the rough-and-tumble route mushers followed last year.

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Yukon Quest
7:44 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

Champion Distance Musher Jeff King Plans a Return to the Yukon Quest

Jeff King won the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog race in 1989.
Credit Yukon Quest Archive

  Fairbanks, AK - Champion distance musher Jeff King of Denali plans to return to the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race next February.  It’s been a quarter century since he’s run that race.  in 2015, he’ll face a three-time defending champion, a rule change regarding rest times and mandatory stops and number of young, upcoming mushers. 

It’s been 25 year’s since Jeff King has driven a dog team on the 1000 mile trail between Fairbanks and Whitehorse. King announced via Facebook he plans to make a comeback in February. 

 

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Yukon Quest
6:00 am
Tue July 8, 2014

Big Rule Change Comes to the Yukon Quest

Brent Sass's lead dogs lick the ice from their booties during a quick stop for supplies at Carmacks during the 2014 Yukon Quest.
Credit Emily Schwing / KUAC

Fairbanks, AK - The Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race will have a new set of rules in 2015.  Overall rest time has been decreased by two hours, but mushers will be required to make more mandatory stops along the 1000 mile trail.

Driving a dog team between Fairbanks and Whitehorse used to take 12 days or more, but in the last few years the fastest sled dogs have completed the run in just over nine days.  Eureka musher Brent Sass says the addition of more mandatory stops fundamentally alters the race. “It’s huge. It’s huge.  It’s a huge change!” he exclaims.

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Iditarod
9:03 am
Wed March 12, 2014

Iditarod 42 Most Certainly One of the Toughest

Martin Buser had an emotional Iditarod 42 finish
Credit Emily Schwing / KUAC

Nome, AK - This year’s Iditarod is not only record-breaking, it may have broken some mushers as well. The 42 annual race will not soon be forgotten.  It’s being called on of the toughest in the race’s history.

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Breaking
2:52 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

In War of Attrition, Dallas Seavey Claims the Top Spot in Iditarod 42

Nome, AK - The 42nd Annual Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race will go down as one of the toughest in history.  this year’s winner crossed the finish line in Nome in record time but only after heavy winds took out the presumed winner.

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Iditarod
8:06 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

King, Zirkle are First Mushers In and Out of White Mountain

White Mountain, AK - The first few Iditarod teams are into White Mountain.  They will rest for a mandatory eight hours before the move on through Safety and into Nome where they will cross the finish line.

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Iditarod
8:51 am
Sat March 8, 2014

Mushers and Sled Dogs Start to Show Signs of Fatigue on the Yukon River

Jeff Kings feeds his dogs after their run into Nulato. Some teams stayed long in the sleepy village, while others pushed on down the trial.
Credit Emily Schwing / KUAC

Nulato, AK - Iditarod mushers kept volunteers in the Nulato checkpoint busy overnight. Some teams that weren’t expected to stay grabbed a few hours rest in the sleepy Yukon River village, while others decided to move along.

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Iditarod
8:27 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

Travel is Fast, Rest is Variable as the Iditarod Passes Through Galena

Aliy Zirkle's dogs rest in the morning sunshine in Galena.
Credit Emily Schwing / KUAC

Galena, AK - Mushers and their dog teams passed in and out of Galena on various schedules throughout the afternoon.

Martin Buser was the first to take off out of the second checkpoint along the Yukon River.  As he put booties on his dogs, he teased Aaron Burmeister about his howling team. “You have to breed a little better eaters there Aaron!” called Buser. 

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