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Fairbanks, AK - The Iditarod Race Marshall is calling the death of a dropped dog in Unalakleet this year one of the worst tragedies in the race’s history.  The Iditarod Trail committee has since launched an investigation into what happened.  They’re working with the dog’s owner to come develop better dog care standards for the future. 

Seavey is Oldest Iditarod Champion

Mar 13, 2013
Emily Schwing / KUAC

Nome, AK - The top Iditarod teams crossed under Nome’s burled arch Tuesday night.  This year’s was one of the most competitive and closest races in Iditarod history. 

A crowd in Nome cheered as 53 year old Mitch Seavey drove his ten dog team into Nome under the burled arch to become the Iditarod’s oldest champion.  Seavey made a tough final push to Nome from White Mountain with Aliy Zirkle chasing close behind. “I hate to do that to Aliy, but you know there’s only room for one winner this year, so it had to be me,” he said at the line.

It Could Be a Race to the Finish

Mar 12, 2013
Emily Schwing / KUAC

White Mountain, AK - 13 minutes is all that stands between Mitch Seavey and Aliy Zirkle, the top two teams in this year’s Iditarod.  Seavey’s team took just over 90 minutes longer than Zirkle’s to reach the checkpoint.  But Jeff King’s team is still within striking distance after arriving third.  Teams are resting for a mandatory eight hours.  It’s an unusual year when the Iditarod comes down to the last long run from White Mountain.

Mushers Mull Their Final Strategies as Time Runs Out

Mar 12, 2013
Emily Schwing / KUAC

Koyuk, AK - The top teams in this year’s Iditarod likely won’t be decided until they cross under the burled arch in Nome.  That’s because teams have spent the last quarter of the race, if not the last 900 miles leap frogging each other as they travel down the trail.  It’s only a matter of time before the race shakes out.

Competition Intensifies on the Iditarod Trail

Mar 11, 2013
Emily Schwing / KUAC

Koyuk, AK - Mushers drop onto the sea ice out of Shaktoolik.  Their bright lights start to bob across the ice roughly halfway to Koyuk.  Locals spent the wee hours of the morning watching teams creep closer.  When they arrived, it was clear the race had intensified.   KUAC’s Emily Schwing was in Koyuk to watch things play out as teams plan ahead for the last three stops into Nome.

Mushers Push Up Coast

Mar 11, 2013
Emily Schwing / KUAC

Unalakleet, AK - Dog teams face the last 250 miles of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.  The trail runs along the windy coastline of the Bering Sea from Unalakleet to Nome. It’s getting close to the time when mushers will make some of their last moves.  It’s only a matter of time before decisions on the trail turn into race results.

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.

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