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Iditarod
6:23 am
Fri March 7, 2014

Iditarod Strategies Make for Some Head Scratching

One of Jeff Kings' sled dogs soaks up some afternoon sun in Ruby.
Credit Emily Schwing / KUAC

Ruby, AK - As dogs teams drop onto the Yukon River, Iditarod mushers will find out how their race plans are playing out.  The next 140 miles of long, flat river will shine some light on who has the most speed and who needs a little more rest.

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Iditarod
12:00 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Dog Teams Remain Large as They Close in on Ruby and the Yukon

Takotna, AK - Iditarod teams remain large.  Most mushers are still running teams of 14 or more dogs. Mushers are surprised at how many dogs fared well through some of the roughest trail they’ve seen in the race’s history.

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Iditarod
7:40 am
Thu March 6, 2014

Iditarod Teams Rest Up for A Big Push as They Near the Yukon

Many mushers shoose to take their mandatory 24 hour rest in Takotna.
Emily Schwing KUAC

Takotna, AK - As teams come off their mandatory 24 hour rest and head for the Yukon River, they’ll be thinking of how best to pick up the pace in what is turning out to be one of the most dramatic, but also the most competitive races in Iditarod history. 

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Iditarod
12:30 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

Early Rough Iditarod Trail Could Mean Change of Plans for Some Teams

Aliy Zirkle's team rolls in and out of McGrath smoothly
Emily Schwing KUAC

McGrath, AK - In the aftermath of Tuesday’s rough run through the Dalzell Gorge and into Nikolai, many Iditarod mushers have had to act fast to change their race plans. 

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Iditarod
12:14 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

Mushers Hold Back on Speed

Robert Sorlie takes off toward a reportedly snow free trail after a good rest in Rainy Pass.
Credit Emily Schwing / KUAC

Rainy Pass, AK - Iditarod mushers are working hard to hold back teams on what has been an icy, hard packed trail.  A snowless, rocky stretch of trail through a burn will slow them down, but most mushers are riding their brakes.

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Iditarod
5:31 am
Tue March 4, 2014

Teams Take a Beating in the Alaska Range

Hugh Neff takes off down the trail out of Rainy PAss, trying to beat the afternoon heat.
Emily Schwing KUAC

Rainy Pass, AK - Mushers are taking a beating on their way through the Alaska Range as the make their way down the Iditarod Trail.  There are plenty of stories about banged up gear and broken equipment.

There’s a place on the Iditarod trail where the route vanishes over a small cliff, twice. These are the Happy River Steps and they gave DeeDee Jonrowe a bit of a scare this time around. “I don’t enjoy what I just did,” she says grimly.

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Iditarod
12:30 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

There's a Strong Norwegian Presence at Iditarod 42

Norwegian flags are flying as five teams from that country make their way for Nome.
Credit Emily Schwing / KUAC

Willow, AK - Teams are making their way into Rainy Pass as they head trough the Alaska Range.  It’s arguably the toughest stretch of trail. Many mushers say they’re ready for the challenge, including a contingent of Norwegians who are in Alaska to find out how their dog teams fare on this side of the world.

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Iditarod
6:34 am
Mon March 3, 2014

Mushers Look To Nikolai as They Face the Toughest Stretch of Trail Early

Sled dogs lead the way down 4th Avenue in Anchorage during this year's ceremonial Iditarod start.
Emily Schwing KUAC

Willow, AK - The 42nd annual Iditarod Trail Sled Dog race is underway. Dog teams left Willow Sunday.  They’re making their way toward the Alaska Range, where the trail is reportedly extremely rough. Even the most experienced veterans have concerns about what they mid find on their way through the mountains.

Many mushers have their sights set on the checkpoint in Nikolai, including four-time champion, Jeff King. “If you wipe out your sled or a key dog or sprain your leg, it’s going to happen today or tomorrow," says King.

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Iditarod
8:29 am
Sun March 2, 2014

Mushers Take Off From Anchorage in 42nd Iditarod

Teams left the start line in downtwon Anchorage Saturday.
Emily Schwing KUAC

The 42nd Iditarod Trail Sled Dog race gets underway in Willow, Alaska Sunday. On Saturday, mushers lined out their dog teams in downtown Anchorage for the Ceremonial start of the race. This year's race includes six former champions and at least twenty mushers vying for a top ten finish.

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Yukon Quest
6:28 am
Thu January 30, 2014

A Year Later, Will Huggins Still Battles Cancer

In 2013, Yukon Quest mushers helped raise money for Will Huggins' medical expenses. Huggins plans to follow the race from his home in Massachusetts in 2014.
Credit https://www.facebook.com/iwillhuggins

Fairbanks, AK - Last year, Yukon Quest Volunteer Ryan Hughes convinced a group of mushers to wear bracelets during the race. 

The handmade wristbands bearing the words ‘I Will,’ were part of a fundraiser for a friend in Massachusetts who was battling colon cancer. “My ultimate goal is to get Will Huggins and get him on a sled you know!” Hughes said in 2013.

A year later, the bracelets have been forgotten, but Will Huggins says he still plans to follow the Yukon Quest from his home on the east coast.  KUAC’s Emily Schwing caught up with him to find out how he’s doing.

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