Each year, communities from around the world turn off their lights at 8:30 PM (local time) for one hour to bring awareness to global warming and climate change. I’ll be turning my lights off tonight, will you? Earth Hour: Saving our planet one hour at a time.
For more information, visit: http://www.earthhour.org/
IDITAROD XLIII Musher Dallas Seavey (Bib # 46) of Willow, Alaska arrived into Nome, Alaska and crossed under the burled arch at 04:13 a.m. AKDT. Seavey’s team traveled the Iditarod Trail in 8 days, 18 hours, 13 minutes, 6 seconds.
Seavey had 10 dogs in harness, claiming his third Iditarod Championship in four (4) years, $70,000 in cash and a new 2015 Dodge Ram truck.
Thousands of fans lined the street to greet Dallas and his team on an early morning in Nome.
Each year, I look forward to tracking the teams competing in the Iditarod sled race up in Alaska. This year is no different.
The ceremonial start is just a few hours away. It’ll kick off at 1:00 p.m. CT in Anchorage. Mushers and their teams will run 11 miles from Anchorage to the Campbell Airstrip.
The official start of the 979 mile race is on Monday in Fairbanks. The first checkpoint is in Nenana, a 60 mile run. The start location was changed to Fairbanks from Willow due to warm temperatures and lack of snow. Today the concern may be fresh snow on the new route.
Hopefully the trail conditions are better this year. In some areas last year, the trails were lacking sufficient snow, resulting in beaten up teams and broken equipment. Some of the mushers called it quits.
One guy who didn’t call it quits was Dallas Seavey. No, he’s not only known for appearing in National Geographic’s “Ultimate Survival Alaska”, he’s also two-time Iditarod Champion.
In 2012, at 25 years old, Dallas Seavey became the youngest Iditarod Champion. In 2014, Dallas won his second Iditarod title with a winning time of 8 days, 13 hours, 29 minutes – a new Iditarod record.
Besides adding to his own impressive record, Dallas has a legacy to live up to. His father and grandfather are both mushers. His father, Mitch, is also a two-time Iditarod Champion, winning in 2004 and 2013.
Is Dallas my favorite this year? I’ve not decided yet. I’ll save that for Monday.