Aliy Zirkle

KNOM Radio

It was a father-and-son finish this morning to the 2015 Iditarod – the first time that’s ever happened in the 43-year history of the 1,000-mile race across Alaska.

Iditarod restart relocated to Fairbanks

Feb 11, 2015

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.

Fairbanks, AK - Of he 26 mushers signed up to race dog teams in this year’s Yukon Quest International Sled Dog race, 10 are rookies. They might be new to the race, but a few trained dog teams with a handful of well-known and champion long-distance mushers.

Iditarod 42 Most Certainly One of the Toughest

Mar 12, 2014
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.

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.

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.

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. 

Emily Schwing / KUAC

Ruby, AK - Some mushers are still trying to hold dog teams back despite the fast Yukon River miles ahead.  The most experienced mushers know the river miles can be fast, but there’s still a tough run up the Bering Sea Coast ahead.

Four-time Champion Jeff King has run the Iditarod 23 times.  He knows exactly what it means when teams reach the Yukon River. “Well, it will be a chance to really evaluate team speed,” he says.

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. 

Mushers Hold Back on Speed

Mar 4, 2014
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.