Iditarod

There's a Strong Norwegian Presence at Iditarod 42

Mar 3, 2014
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.

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.

Mushers Take Off From Anchorage in 42nd Iditarod

Mar 2, 2014
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.

Iditarod Trail Invitational

Fairbanks cyclists turned in record breaking performances in the Iditarod Trail Invitational human powered race between Knik and McGrath. As KUAC's Dan Bross reports smooth trail is credited with helping competitors go fast.  

Scott Chesney / Loco-Lobo.com

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.

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