Iditarod

Racing Continues Even in Back

Mar 9, 2013
Emily Schwing / KUAC

Iditarod, AK - Iditarod mushers running outside of this year’s top twenty are just as competitive as the front of the pack, but, they have different reasons for traveling the trail.

Lots of Team Dogs in the Second Half of the Race

Mar 8, 2013
Emily Schwing / KUAC

Iditarod, AK - Iditarod mushers start the race with up to 16 dogs.  The can drop dogs along the trail, but they have to finish with six. Many mushers will drop dogs in Iditarod after completing the longest single run along the trail.  It’s 80 miles from Ophir. But most teams remain large halfway through the race.

Mushers Get Wet on their Way to Iditarod

Mar 8, 2013
Emily Schwing / KUAC

Weather was forecast to turn sour quickly over the Iditarod trail, but it didn't materialize Thursday.  Teams waited out a hot midday sun between Takotna and Iditarod Thursday.  As mushers heated food outside a tiny cabin in the old abandoned town of Iditarod, they talked of warm temperatures and trail conditions ahead.

Mushers Drop Lead Dogs to Save Their Races

Mar 7, 2013
Emily Schwing / KUAC

Takotna, AK - As Iditarod teams spread out on the trail, lead dogs will start to prove themselves.  It’s up to mushers to make sure their leaders remain healthy at the front of the team.  But that’s no small feat.

The wind picked up along the Takotna River as Aaron Peck blew through the checkpoint.  Peck is coming off a 24 hour rest in McGrath.  He’s pleased with his lead dogs. "They’re both three years old, so they’re just entering their prime and loving the trip,” he says.

Warm Weather, High Winds Forecast for Iditarod Trail

Mar 7, 2013
Emily Schwing / KUAC

Takotna, AK - This year’s Iditarod has been blessed with warm, relatively calm weather.  But it’s all about to change.  The National weather Service map of the region is dotted with red and green, indicating both winter storm warnings and watches.  While temperatures are expected to remain above zero, it’s the wind that could challenge even the most experienced mushers. 

Iditarod Mushers Start Mulling Their Rest Plans

Mar 6, 2013

McGrath, AK - As dog teams get further down the trail, mushers are trying to decide where to take their 24 hour mandatory layover.  Out of McGrath there are still roughly 700 miles to go before Nome.  Some mushers make decisions based on timing and weather, while others have various ideas about how to use down time to their advantage.

Emily Schwing / KUAC

McGrath, AK - The community of McGrath waved goodbye to more mushers than it welcomed in overnight.  Iditarod teams buzzed in and out of the checkpoint all night long.  It was clear the first few teams in and out of the checkpoint were all in chase mode.

Setting Up for the Iditarod's Required Layover

Mar 6, 2013
Emily Schwing / KUAC

Takotna, AK - Three days into the Iditarod, the race is still anyone’s game. And the mushers are keeping it interesting this year. Martin Buser completed his 24 hour layover early in the race. Lance Mackey and Sonny Linder appear to be embracing the opposite strategy...  making their way down the trail to the Iditarod Checkpoint, which is also the official half way marker in the race.  But many of the veteran mushers decided to stick to a plan they know, resting in the popular village of Takotna.

The Race for Rookie of the Year is On

Mar 5, 2013
Scott Chesney / Loco-Lobo.com

Anchorage, AK - This year’s Iditarod field includes thirteen rookies.  Many of them are very experienced, while just a few are new to the sport.  At least two may have to race all the way to the finish for the Rookie of the year award.
 

An Early Fast Pace Surprises Even Iditarod Veterans

Mar 5, 2013
Emily Schwing / KUAC

Rainy Pass, AK - Mushers have known since the start that this year’s race is likely to be fast, but many seemed surprised that the blistering pace would pick up so early.  Mushers typically plan to maintain strong teams and take their time along the first third of the trail.

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